We spent another magical weekend at the Pole Barn, undeterred by an ominous forecast of 10 inches of rain. The weather caught us eventually, but not until we had soaked up all the love Reddick, FL has to offer.
Tree Climbing was the order of the day, and Cousin “City Hands” Todd, and my dearly beloved both established their superiority in the canopy straight away. City Hands made a point of arriving before us so he could already be on rope and underway when we got out of the car. Melissa awoke Saturday morning and said to me, the ceiling, and the trees themselves, “I’m going to climb that tree today.” Thirty minutes later she was jugging up the rope, immersed in the gear and culture of recreational tree-climbing. While she enjoyed the elite air of the “the lounge” 70 feet above, I spiraled below awash in sweat and discomfort. It is a joy to watch someone discover new talents, and there was a lot of joy to behold on Saturday. Hooray for Title IX. Athletic women kick ass.
Soon she will have a mountain bike, and then I will really have something to cry about.
After celebrating arboreal victory and toasting old friends all night, we delayed the sad, rainy drive home with brunch at Sisters in Gainesville. There needs to be a special word for the pride one feels when enveloped in the successful dream of a friend or family member. To relax in the care of the folks at Sisters is a gastronomic vacation to the Mediterranean. With Tropical Storm Debbie dark and drizzling outside, coffee, champagne, and fresh eggs inside, it was another charmed visit to the Alachua-Marion vortex where for reasons I will never question, I am lucky to know great people.