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24 May 2011 @ 01:58 am
I think I need an "insane travel" icon. I've been to Schattentor twice and Fargo twice in the last five weeks. Ooof.

The trip to Quest was amazing if, as has been reported by others, it was very cold and wet. I was riding out with Countess Bridei, Anna, and Dray - all four of us in my little Honda. I have a car topper we could have used if needed, but we managed to jam everything into the car - it was tight, but with the Dakota winds the car topper would have been a literal drag to use. We left Wednesday night after work and the crazy-lady Dray drove us all night to arrive in Rapid City on Thursday morning. We made really good time, even considering the detour through the Badlands in the middle of the night. We dropped Dray off at her friend's house and the remaining three of us went to brunch, then grocery shopping, then out to site. We got to site before they opened, so we had to wait a bit to be let into a cabin. Then there was some sitting inside, lunch, and a nap before we decided it it was just too damn cold and we made another town run to Sturgis for handwarmers, tea, booze, and a hot dinner. Upon returning to site, I puttered about prepping some food for Saturday and then later that evening there was wandering and fun and a relatively early night.

I slept in on Friday but then had a very productive day. I had made some skyr the night before, so I drained it and set it outside to hang. Then I made a lunch pottage (barley, onions, garlic, sorrel, salt, and salmon). I had been somewhat suspicious of the fish porridge idea, but it was actually very tasty. I made a great big pot of it anticipating fighters to feed, but no one was fighting, so I thought I'd be stuck with a lot of leftovers. Happily, when I took the skyr to TRM's cabin, there was an impromptu demo going on - I got some spoons from the restaurant, gave a short spiel about viking food, and then convinced (almost) all the kids to try my weird greenish goop. (TRMs and the folks in that cabin had eaten all the skyr and blackberries, though, so I was not able to also inflict the weird dairy on them.) The kids were pretty interested in the food and most of them even professed to like it - impromptu teaching FTW! The weather improved greatly in the late afternoon and the rest of the day was spent in conversation while working on projects. I convinced Elk and Juliana to come with me to the restaurant for the Fish Fry which was as awesome as I had remembered. Mmmm... Fish... The late night consisted of wandering and socializing, as is right and proper, and I ended the night with a long chat with Devon.

Saturday the weather turned icky again. However, by the gods, I did not drive 14 hours to be denied my geeky fun. I was too lazy to fight the rain and cold to make my own cookfire and Hrodir had invited me to use theirs, so I spent most of the day in their camp cooking up a storm in the rain. As long as I was bent over the fire, I was warm and the front of me stayed dry. However, the rain and the sappy wood made for a very sooty fire and HRM Luche and Countess Bredei were calling me "CinderEithni" by the end of the day. :p I had offered a meal plan of geektastic food and I had a few takers, plus a few folks I roped into trying my weird food, including my traveling companions. Breakfast was an apple-oat porridge and skyr with strawberries with the beverage options being whey or organic unsweetened apple cider. Lunch everyone else was on their own, but I made a steak for myself. All day long I cooked a variety of flat cakes - spelt and butter cakes in the morning (to be acceptable to HrRM and Fina) and barley-oat and lard cakes in the afternoon for any and all others. I also had thickened the leftover porridge from breakfast, molded it, chilled it, sliced it, and fried it in butter for a tasty treat. At one point as I was passing out treats to those watching the muddy, muddy fighting, Devon joked that I was the Northshield Concession Stand so I went to get my tray of Viking munchies so I could more closely mimic that idea. I had a selection of nuts and dried fruits that were Viking-age appropriate and folks got a little history with their crunchy treats. Who says you can't learn anything while watching sports? ;) Dinner had been planned for after Court, but since there was a bit of a delay and Hrodir wanted his fire back, we ate quickly beforehand. Dinner was a beef roast cooked in dark beer with onions, leeks, garlic, and bacon with a side dish of lentils, favabeans, onions, carrots, parsnips, and garlic cooked up as a veggie pottage. It was soupier than I would have liked, but I blamed that on the rain and a pot with no lid... After court, we had an amazing strawberry-rhubarb crisp made by Marian Elizabeth and Bridei was a dear and washed the big pots. I was doing most of my dishes in the mini bathroom sink which would just not have been up to the job for those big pots, so I was more than grateful that she offered to do so in return for having been fed all weekend. The evening was again full of wandering, drinking, and socializing, but none of the adventures got too boisterous, at least for me.

Sunday was the long slog home - Dray again drove back from Rapid City to Madison. She claims to enjoy epic long drives so none of us were willing to fight her. We stopped more often on the way back than we did on the way out, in part because we were all awake and in part because road fatigue at the end of the weekend is always worse than when setting out on an adventure. Conversation ran the gamut from profound thoughts on religion and philosophy to ridiculous jokes and pranks and texting silly things on Dray's phone. We skirted a few storm systems, but missed the worst, though teffan  kept me updated about the status of things in the Cities, which was being hit hard. We finally pulled into Madison about 2AM and dropped everyone off. I had wanted to shower before bed, but that failed. I managed to get the really sooty, really wet clothing into the washer and that was about all I had...

Today, since I obviously did not spend enough of the weekend in the car, I went to the WW site in Boscobel with Seonaid to do a walk-through and meet with Dean, the Parks Supervisor. It was a lovely day for a drive and a productive meeting, but I will be very, very glad that I don't need to go far the rest of this week and this weekend's festivities are an easy 45 minute drive away!
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Roxelanaroxelana on May 24th, 2011 08:53 am (UTC)
Would this weekend's plans include sheep - and if so, might I ride with you?
eithni: sofonisbaeithni on May 25th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
It may, but only if I daytrip it from ARRG in Montello. Sorry!
eithni: excellenteithni on May 25th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
Hee! Nice!
Sisuile Butlerliadan_m on May 24th, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC)

because you said something...

Edited at 2011-05-24 01:08 pm (UTC)
eithni: excellenteithni on May 25th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
Sweet! Thanks!
raventhourne on May 24th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
Ah, traveling with Dray is always fun. I miss her. Give her our regards the next time you chat with her.

Quest is always fun, even if weather is sucky. I will remember Ceridwen (Tarik's Wife) calling to us from Tarek's cabin for coffee and breakfast when the rain and snow were falling on the tent.

I'm glad you had fun though and that is the important thing.
eithni: excellenteithni on May 25th, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
Will do! She was endlessly entertaining, if odd... But, as we observed repeatedly, there was not a one of us in that car that was entirely right. ;)