By that fall we had become the best of friends. We talked every day on the phone and when I went back to my hometown we got together and shared on lives and dirt on who we each were dating etc.
The first fall that we knew each other we went down to the Peninsula.
Presque Isle State Park is it’s official name.
We put on our fall sweatshirts and headed to the walking trails.
I loved the walking trails at the Peninsula. I would cross country ski these same trails during the winter. Each season these trails were awesome. But Fall was my favorite.
The smells, the colors, and all the critters you’d see that seem to be hidden in the summer while you are sitting on the beach. It was spectacular there in all seasons but Fall was picturesque.
Rick and I went walking and he would point out things to this city girl that I never really paid any attention to. He knew all the critters prints we saw. For all I know he was lying to me. I wouldn’t know a deer foot print from a fox.
But this really all started with the nuts on the ground.
That first year we took this fall walk we saw tons of acorns, walnuts etc on the ground.
"More than normal" I said out loud. Rick asked me if I knew what that meant.
I know I must have looked at him like he was crazy. What that meant?
I don’t know, it’s fall, leaves and nuts fall. Nuts feed the critters in the cold weather.
Hell I had no friggin’ idea and I was soon to learn he was not only critter boy he was nature boy.
Rick began to share a tip he has found to never fail him. He told me that all the nuts, which are more than normal, will tell you that this coming winter is going to be snowy than last year. This takes care of the animals he tells me. And then on and on he goes.
I laughed at him. I really thought he was full of shit.
He said to me, “Margaret nature tells you a lot if you pay attention.”
And then he let it go.
That winter was a snowier winter than we had had in a very long time.
Damn! He may be on to something.
I began to pay attention to all the things he began sharing with me during the seasons and damn if he wasn’t always correct. So nature boy was on to something. I suggested he write for the Farmers Almanac and he would just laugh at me.
Fast forward 25 years.....Last night we came down to the lake house.
While at the dock throwing the football into the water for Izzy to fetch, we were hit on the head with walnuts falling.
You could hear all these nuts hitting all the dock roofs around us. It was wild.
Then this morning on my walk with Izzy we saw nuts everywhere.
The paths and the road were covered, literally covered, in nuts.
Now if Rick is correct this winter will be a strong one down here. And boy do they need moisture. They are having a drought here and the water is 5 ft. lower than it even was off our dock over labor day. Some people don’t have water at their dock at all. So snow would be good for them.
Up north where I live it’s the same thing with the massive nuts everywhere so I am hoping he is wrong this year. It could happen. He’s been telling me these predictions for 25 years now.
This could just be the one year he’s wrong couldn’t it?
I don’t want lots of snow or lots of cold. Just fall. I just want a long cool fall.
Or a snow blower, I would love to get a snow blower. Don’t laugh at me.
Some girls like jewelry I have always wanted a snow blower.
And from the look of these nuts on the ground I may just finally get one.