Jarn’s Journal Year 8 Day 150 #IAN1

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Year 8 Day 150

I’ve been getting lazy, but with all the time in the world ahead, there’s no use hurrying. Mornings I take a swim in the salt lake and explore northward along the trench. Then I teleport high enough I can see both the trench and the tideless sea , fly out to the coast and map the coastline to the north, often finding a good swimming beach and having a second refreshing dip.

I keep an eye out for things Rainbow might use in food preparation or clothing, and spend about one day in five at home, checking both my building and food for the two of us. But all in all, it is a very placid existence, compared to what I had with Rhino and Torch Flower.

Vegetation along the coast has been getting steadily denser, especially on the seaward slopes of the coastal mountains. I’ve been seeing good-sized trees for several days, and two days ago I examined them closely for the first time. They aren’t at all like the tall trees of the jungle, having needle-like leaves and a unique but very pleasant odor. The odor even extends to the wood itself. Rainbow has been experimenting with using a couple of the tools Little Gnu made her to carve wood, and I brought her back several pieces to see what she could do with them.

Jarn is a human-like alien who was stranded in Africa roughly 125,000 years ago. He has met some of our ancestors, who insist on treating him as a god (much to his annoyance.) He is currently exploring the east coast of the Mediterranean.  A longer version of this post can be found on my main blog; the entire Journal to date is on my author site.

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Sue Ann Bowling earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Radcliffe/Harvard and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Alaska. After thirty years of teaching, she retired to focus on writing. Bowling has lived in Alaska for fifty years. Visit her Web site on canine color genetics at http://bowlingsite.mcf.com/Genetics/Genetics.html.
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10 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 8 Day 150 #IAN1

  1. S.A. Check says:

    That really does sound like a perfectly placid existence. Always impressed with how smoothly you mesh nature into the scene and your characters.

  2. T.K. Toppin says:

    Nice to see Jarn relaxing, doing the normal mundane things. As usual, great snippet. Very visual.

  3. Tara Quan says:

    Pine trees? I wonder what Rainbow will make…

  4. Beautiful descriptions. Makes me want to go there, too.

  5. Peter Vialls says:

    I’d worked out they had to be Lebanese Cedars. I love the casual comment about “teleport high enough and then fly” – brings home just how sophisticated Jarn really is.

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