Well the summer was way too short. It certainly was a good one with decent temperatures and lots of sunny days. As the season wraps up for another year, I’m finding myself a little disappointed that I didn’t get as much mud time as I would have liked. Worse of all, is that I didn’t take a single photo during the entire season. No wildlife, no pit shots, nothing.
I did make one trip at the end of September. I found the bottomless bits to finally be usable, and after picking out sticks for what seemed like hours, I was able to get nice and stuck and had a great final romp. At least this area is pretty much ready-to-go when I step in it, and I didn’t have to spend too much time mixing everything up to get the right consistency.
I am tempted to venture out in the 10-12°C fall weather to visit the pits one more time. But, with the leaves mostly gone and my cover essentially gone for the year, combined with my rather extreme lack of motivation and energy… It may not happen.
On the other hand, something I would like to do this year is some prep work on the little clay hole I was using 2-3 years ago. It has a few advantages over the bogs I’ve been playing in recently, such as…
- It’s essentially 90% clay
- It’s available early in the season
- It’s not as far of a trek to reach
- It’s almost completely absent of sticks and stones
So what has to happen there is that I need to get a shovel and dig as deep as I can, which is a lot of work, but the weather is right for it, and it will get me out of the house doing some sort of physical activity… I’ll end up with a hole full of clay chunks, which by themselves are useless, but when the snow melts the spaces between the chunks should be full of water which would hopefully soften the chunks up enough to make them easily agitated into the awesomely smooth texture I keep returning to this spot for!
And then, with any luck, by next year I will be able to order up a microfibre zentai suit for next season. Why microfibre? I have a few microfibre towels that I use for cleanup, and the clay just rinses off easily. The other stuff I wear seems to really collect those miniscule clay particles and I spend literally hours trying to clean all that stuff out. I’m also told that they are somewhat more durable than the regular spandex/nylon blends I’ve gotten previously, which would be nice.
I’ve got my measurements pretty close. The microfibre suits aren’t quite as stretchy as the regular spandex ones, so I hope I will have the measurements absolutely correct and get a perfectly fitting suit. Otherwise, I could be in for some disappointment since they cost somewhere around five times the price of the cheaper ones I’ve been getting.
Anyway. Hopefully I’ll be back with another post or two before the white crap starts falling…