Living in the country we don’t have shopping malls, boutique stores, or traffic. The nearest grocery store is a 40-minute drive on back roads. Gas is nearly an hour away. Many people here grow their own produce and hunt for meat, which they process to eat or freeze for future consumption. In fact, my neighbor’s deer stand is about 150 yards from my front door. Life in the country is not like living in a city.
At night we have no artificial noise or light to impose on the natural environment. During the day I can practice archery in my yard, ride a bike practically car free, run unencumbered, swim in the river, hunt, fish and crab from my property.
Neighbors with farms or gardens share produce. They also share fish, crab and meat. Of course many of these folks sale their produce and many have roadside produce stands. We frequently buy from them. Still others will share their harvest rather than seeing it go to waste. It is hard to beat the taste of a freshly grown tomato sliced and placed on soft bread covered with Duke’s Mayonnaise.
Morning on Little River nearly always begins with a run. River, a labrador retriever, is my dedicated running partner. She can run then stop to sniff and investigate leash free. After running I typical spend an hour or more shooting at targets placed around my yard. I can shoot flat, off my porch, or from the upstairs deck.
Frequently, after shooting, I head out on my Carolina Skiff or go kayaking, swimming or paddle boarding.
The water is less than 20 yards from my back deck. Here in the South we’re on the water year round.
Following lunch is the perfect time for a bike ride. I’ve got riding courses planned up to 100 miles and minimal if any traffic with which to deal.
These courses pass over creeks, rivers, through swamps, and small almost forgotten towns.
As the day approaches dusk it is time to practice with the bow, again. The lighting is different. Dusk is a good time to hunt and practice at this time of day may pay dividends in the future.
Living in the country there are worries beyond someone stealing the family car from a mall parking lot, the nuisance of loud obnoxious ‘music’, rush hour traffic, and other less pleasing attributes of city life.
In this very rural area we worry that wolves or coyote will eat a pet and take precautions to prevent that from happening. We worry about bears in the yard and deer on the deck eating our plants.
We’re always on the look out for snakes and rabid raccoons.
But, at night, we can sit outside, see the stars, hear owls, and listen to water lapping the shore of the river. Life seems better in the country.