Emerging from a grove of small cedars at the lower end of the Ranger trail on Friday, I slowed before continuing upward. Lots of leaves had fallen since the last time we were there, and I had to be more deliberate about following the newly covered path.
By now it’s a familiar route, certainly, wide and clear. But because our plan was to disturb the area as little as possible, when conditions change the low-impact trail becomes less distinct.
This morning I pulled a couple of images from the trailcam set up about 60 yards from where I rolled off the throttle the other day. Both are daily test shots, captured at 1:43pm CDT 30 days apart.
The difference is, to me, striking — not only the litter and duff on the ground but the whole character of the spot. The amount of sunlight reaching the ground has changed, as have sight lines into the autumn woods.
We notice this sort of thing anyway. It’s cool, though, to be able to look at the snapshots.
At last, Elon Musk owns Twitter. I haven’t written about that in six months because, as I predicted, the acquisition didn’t happen quickly and it wasn’t easy. But now that the deal is truly done, we can all make popcorn and enjoy the show.
Naturally, we’re already seeing heads explode on the anti-American Left. These are The Disciples of Thinkpol, poison in a free society, people incapable of thriving in a public square that isn’t tightly managed to their progressive liking.
If the enemies of Liberty disagree with a thing, it’s “hate speech.” And now Mister Musk has taken away their favorite safe space. It’s hilarious.
Oh, they’ll get emotional about that. Hell, they’ll go fucking hysterical. (That’s the calling card of leftists, by the way — emotion. Whether the matter is personal or political, that’s how you know.) I’m not sure I have enough popcorn for this.
There is, of course, the sinister (and all too real) prospect that the State will try to thwart free speech by sabotaging the Twitter deal. We can expect Democrats and other progressives to line up for a shot at undermining the First Amendment.
For true Americans, that’s what should draw our attention. The coming months will offer us a bonanza of clues about who believes in this country and who doesn’t.
And when these people show us who they are — friends and acquaintances, celebrities, politicians, corporations — we should believe them.
Over the last 24 hours or so we’ve had about a half-inch of rain here in Harrison. The Mountain saw the same, best I can tell. As much as that messes with our ability to make progress on the homesite, we refuse to complain about wet weather.
Those of you who have followed us over the last several months, perhaps even becoming invested in our story, know that there’s a certain subject (pictured) that I haven’t addressed specifically in quite some time. I won’t say out loud what it is, not today, but it’s absolutely crucial to what Deb and I are doing.
Suffice to say, it’s been a constant source of frustration like neither of us has experienced before. Worst of all, it’s beyond our control, entirely out of our hands.
I’d like to tell you that the end is in sight. And maybe it is — but we’ve heard that so many times that we’re not optimistic. The only thing that matters to us is that it’s over, and we’re not there yet.
When it happens, I’ll let you know. You can be sure that I’ll have a lot to say about it then.
Take care of yourselves, Patriots. Stay calm. Stay sharp. Stay free.