Weight: 218 lbs.
- a bowl of grits (1/4 cup dry)
- small cup of mango juice
- a banana
- thin slice of barley bread
- 2 tbsp. mashed avocado
- corn (2 cobs worth)
- pineapple (5 chunks)
- a banana
- polenti cakes (squares of cold grits cooked a day later)
- banana juice
- stewed squash
I woke up to a beautiful sunrise after a sound night's sleep and, after a breakfast of grits, a banana, and mango juice; decided to head south down the beach and explore a bit. After passing some heavy brush areas, I found another open area inland. I tracked into it and found another field of grain. This one was buckwheat. Mmmmm... pancakes. I collected as much buckwheat as I could carry and headed back toward the beach. On the way, I found a pineapple bush. I cut the big pineapple growing on top and carried it back to camp, glad to have another sweet fruit to add to the mix.
Back at camp I pounded the buckwheat into flour and stored it. For lunch I had my usual barley and avocado sandwich with corn, pineapple, and banana. After lunch I began dragging more mud bricks to camp. It was a long slow process. While resting between trips, I continued building my brick oven. It was a long, hot day.
I ended the day by cooking up some more stewed squash and also cutting some leftover breakfast grits into squares and cooking them into little polenti cakes. I ate these with banana juice and a mandarin. It was a good meal.
Just before dark, I was checking around camp when I saw something that changed everything. Over in the area where I had set up the fence for the cow there were tracks on the ground. Not cow tracks...human tracks, and not my tracks. The feet were thinner and longer than mine. I stopped short and quickly looked around. I didn't see anyone, but someone had been watching me it seems.
I climbed into my hammock and started thinking about the fields of cultivated grain and the domesticated animals. Of course there had to be people around. Had I been harvesting the work of others for my own needs? I could not sleep. I no longer felt safe. I laid awake listening carefully to each and every sound of the night.