It’s 7:30am. (Actually it would be 8:30am – but today is the end of daylight savings.) Jacob just walked into the bus from using the bathroom and announced that he’s never smelled anything as foul. We assumed he meant the public restroom, until he clarified that he’s talking about the bus. Jake said it smells like Scout camp. Nice.
We’re back to freezing again. There’s no electricity here in the Redwood Forest, which means no space heaters. It’s also quiet hours and so no generator either. Everyone is awake, but staying in their beds. It’s too cold to get up yet. We got a thermometer at our last stop so we’d know how cold we are. This morning we’re 46* cold on the bus. The windows are covered in condensation.
We should get up and shower but most of us don’t want to stir. Although Jacob is up and has started chores already. He likes to remind us of his NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) course on mornings like this. He’s right – we could be sleeping on a glacier. I’m glad we’re not.
Jacob is usually the first one up and out of bed. Right now he’s sweeping the floor. Everyone else is beginning to join him. Josh is getting Miss B some breakfast. Frozen milk over her cereal. The cooler worked overtime last night.
I imagine life with teenage girls would be different than teenage boys. Jacob and Josh are discussing body odor. Specifically, who smells worse. It’s not for lack of showering. Showers happen daily. Boys just stink. And they talk about it.
I think Jake and I are going to stay back here under the covers ignoring the whole thing. I wonder how long we can last.