I ate too much last night and was up at 1:45. So I did some reading and didn't fall asleep on the couch until about 3:30.
Eventually, I went back to bed and read and slept awhile longer. There was no rush to get up as a steady rain had settled in.
I've become somewhat addicted to reading books written by "thru-hikers" that have tackled the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail.
I just finished "I Hike" ....
by a guy who has hiked all three trails. And I'm currently reading "A Long Way From Nowhere: A Couple's Journey On The Continental Divide Trail".
That one is interesting because the husband and wife alternate writing each chapter so there are different perspectives of the same hike at the same time.
I picked those books up for "free" using the Kindle Unlimited Free Trial.
I fantasize about doing a long hike some day, but I'm not really interested in doing any of the three big U.S. hikes in a single year. But I would enjoy the challenge of completing at least one of them, even if it is in sections over a few years.
Once I got up, having just read more about long-hiker food challenges, I had cake for breakfast. :)
My feet were hurting from yesterday's activities, and I wasn't sure about running today. I'll have to get tougher before considering a multi-week hike. :)
However, a little before noon, the rain stopped and I joined Steve for our run. As we ran, we discussed possibly doing some overnight hiking together somewhere in the future while Linda and Esther did something more to their liking.
After lunch, Steve finished off the cake, and I was glad that temptation was gone. :)
With the sun out and little wind, Steve started getting the aluminum boat ready for a tour of the lake. But there was something wrong with the fuel line. It wasn't long before the clouds rolled in and it started raining again.
Esther had bought a new game for the cottage called "Qwirkle". So Linda & I broke it open and played while it continued to rain.
It's a great little game. It's not really a "board" game, but more of a table game similar to dominoes. It's easy to learn, but there is more strategy than dominoes. We had a good time playing it.
By the time we finished, it was time for dinner. Esther made a delicious ham hock and bean soup, and Linda put together a salad.
After dinner, we watched a couple of hours of TV and then called it a night.
We're just chillin' here on the lake, so we're happy as long as it's not freezing cold and storming. But it would be nice to have a couple of days in a row without rain. :)