I arrived in Idaho yesterday at 4:30 pm—after a grueling twelve-hour drive through northern Colorado and much of Utah. And indeed, Stephen Barnard’s place is paradise: backed by a gorgeous stream with views of the mountains, and teeming with wildlife. Today we’re going on a canoe trip, followed by a pig roast held by his fishing club. I have played Frisbee with Deets the Border Collie (there’s another border collie here, too: an aging one); I have gone for a ride in the Shelby Cobra, an amazing car that accelerates fast and LOUD; and I saw four Great Horned Owls (two adults and their offspring), the first such species I’ve seen in the wild. I have photos, will take more, and will put them up soon, but the borders of this post are too small to contain them all. Tomorrow I’m off to Nevada (not far away) and then to Davis, California and the Bay area. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili shows three of her prime traits: her imperiousness, her desire for noms, and her cuteness, which lets her get away with the first two!
A: Hili, breakfast.
Hili: Fill the bowls. I’ll be there in a minute.
Ja: Hili, śniadanie.
Hili: Napełnij miseczki, ja zaraz przyjdę.