Monday, April 28, 2014

Day 3 - Rough Road Ahead

Well, we've got what's shaping up to be a pretty miserable week for me indeed.  More of the same to eat - just less and less of it.  The weather is going to throw me a nice curve ball with a multi day storm coming soon.  I'm going to have to start getting creative or this challenge is going to be over before it really begins.
packed lunch for work

For my rice ration this year I decided to mix half brown rice and half white rice.  I prefer white although Debbie consistently tells me that the nutritional benefits of brown rice far exceed white (which has virtually none).  My thinking originally was that the short grain white is stickier and better for future sushi making.  But for some reason I turned to the white today because I'm just not that big a fan of brown rice.
My clam supply is dwindling and again, I'm kind of fine with that because the season closes in 2 days and I'm losing my desire for clams.  Without seasonings - especially butter - plain clams can only go so far.  Seasonings will most likely be my first reward after this initial week and they couldn't come soon enough.  This is always the toughest part about week 1 - making food tasty. 
broiling clams in toaster oven at work
I lost my small window of opportunity to get seawater to make some sea salt.  A couple days ago the water was pretty clean.  But with this storm approaching the ocean has become a sloppy mess.  I usually like to get ocean water when it is as calm and clear as possible.  However, if I have to collect frothy dirty water and filter it - then I will.
After work today I took the boat out to see if I could hook a fish in the river.  This might have been my last opportunity for a few days so I had to give it a shot.  I only had about 40 minutes to fish and it was a pretty nice evening.  Despite not catching anything, I enjoyed my solitude for a while before coming home.
Three days of wind and rain and cold coming!  What am I going to do?  Stay tuned.  This is going to get interesting.

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