Jarn’s Journal Year 8 Day 285 #SFFSAT

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Year 8 Day 285

I suspect I am going to need warmer clothes in this area even during the summer rains, no matter what Rainbow says.

The mountains here are not merely snow covered, they are glaciated – there are small amounts of rock peeking through deep rivers of ice. The hunters are not here, which is hardly surprising as there is little or nothing for them to hunt. But I’d still like to map the area.

I don’t have any forcewebs, of course, but I wonder if I could not make some kind of physical support for my feet, and try skiing? This area seems far more suitable than the one mountain I have discovered with snow on the continent where I landed.

At least Rainbow is no longer insisting that supple furs are impossible. Her method involves chewing the hides to soften them, which I can see would be difficult with furry skins. I’ve been spying on the camps of the northern hunters, and come to the conclusion that they scrape the skin side of the fur and then make it into a bag which they fill with the mashed brains of the animal. Then after a through soaking they keep working the fur until the skin is elastic, and finally smoke it.

Jarn’s Journal is the journal of a human-like alien stranded in Africa some 125,000 years ago. He has befriended a group of our ancestors and is exploring the world on which he finds himself. This post is much shortened from a longer version on my main blog. For the entire Journal to date, see my author site. Jarn’s story is part of the back story of the world in which my science fiction is set.

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About sueannbowlingauthor

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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8 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 8 Day 285 #SFFSAT

  1. Tara Quan says:

    Oh…wow…a little gross, but I can see how mashed brains might make leather softer. It beats having Rainbow chew the leather, definitely.

  2. S.A. Check says:

    always entertaining AND educational – would like to see Jarn on a pair of skis shredding some powder – yeah I won’t hold my breath waiting.

    • What he’s used to is forcewebs, which can be adjusted to act like anything from skis to bearpaws. But primitive skis are pretty low-tech–basically long slats fastened to the feet. I’d expect very poor survival probability in the archeological record, but even the Neanderthals might have had them. More like cross country than downhill, though.

  3. The mashed brains made me twitch, too, but what a wonderful mental picture you conjured. Very intense. 🙂

  4. Peter Vialls says:

    So Jarn wants to go skiing? Sometimes he can seem very human. As to smoking the fur – well, some people will smoke anything… 😉

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