I realize it's been a long time since I've written, but I figure now is as good a time as any. Things are going will here in Silver City. Jill is still working at the Co-op, while I am trying my hand at free-lance web design. So far I've designed the site for the Silver City food Co-op and am currently working on a site for a local art gallery. It's been a lot of fun, I've been able to learn a lot, and get paid for it at the same time, and be able to set my own work hours.
They weather has been great here. Spring is a dry season this time in New Mexico. I could probably count on 1 hand the number of times it has rained since March. Day time highs are consistently in the high 70's and 80's while night time lows are in the 40's and 50's, perfect weather for the tipi. We've been getting better at cooking over the fire in the dutch oven. we've made bread a few times, each time learning a little more about how to arrange the coals to ensure even cooking. We've also made pizza a couple times which has turned out really nice.
Last weekend we went on a great backpacking trip with a couple friends in the Gila. We went out for two days to Sapillo box, which is a narrow box canyon along the Sapillo river. We hiked about 4 miles out, including 30+ river crossings/walking in the river for long periods, and even one part where we had to swim for about 20 yards because the river was so deep, and the canyon was so narrow. We caught 6 trout and had a nice feast that night.
As nice as it is here in Silver City, and as much as we are enjoying it, Jill and I both feel like it's time for us to move on to something new. We're planning on moving to Asheville, NC sometime this summer. We're looking to go somewhere a bit more permanent so that I can go back to school, and so Jill can get a job in her field to help her figure out if she wants to return to school and get her MSW. Asheville seems like a good place. It's a bigger town, with more opportunity, but not too big. It's right next to the Appalachian mountains, and Smoky Mountain National park. Not the big mountains we've gotten used to in the west, but still a nice wild playground.
Our main concern right now is finding a place to set up the tipi. This will be the third place we've been set up. I was able to find the first two places rather easily, and they both worked out really well. This time it's proving a bit more difficult. We've contacted some farms in the area and tried to get the word out on Craigs list and different messages boards, but haven't hear anything yet. I thought I might as well post something on the blog about it in case anyone reading out there is in the Asheville area and might be able to help us out, or see if anyone has any suggestions for us.