Fog and the Farm Pt. 3
We rolled up to the farm house in the dark. None of us looked forward to another night here—whether it be the musty air, hard floors, or fogged windows…condensation beaded on the interior side of the glass and ran down in streaks. But most of all, we didn’t know how we’d relate to the three brusque farm hands who ran the place.
I looked into the kitchen. A mountain of meat sat at the center of the table along with a pale of peas and a trough of mashed potatoes. The farmers were ready to eat. We shook off our wet jackets by the door, sat down, and shoveled the meal.
“Any luck out there boys?” Kieran asked as he grabbed a rack of lamb from the meat mountain. His voice rumbled—he was twice the size of a man, and looked as if he could crush any one of our skulls in the palm of his hand.
“Nah, not really,” Paul said. “But we got chased out of the water by a sea lion.” Kieran’s eyes grew wide.
“Ah yea? Those things are scary, aye. I’d like to start surfing…but not if I’m going to get chased by one of them!”
“…And we met the angriest man I’ve ever seen,” Shea added. He told how we had flippantly trespassed, and how a farmer had punted us from his land like a rugby ball.
The farmers related to our sad story—they had spent the entire day fixing fence posts in wind and rain, and were even more eager for the day to be done. We talked into the night, laughed about our woes, and the fog around the farm began to lift.
In the morning, a beam of sunshine pierced diagonally into the kitchen through a cloud of bacon smoke. In the sky, a small window opened in the cloud cover—sooner than expected, and much to our amazement.
We finished breakfast with the farmers, said goodbyes with big grins and enthusiastic handshakes, and headed to the bay again. Head-high rights brushed against light offshores. We paddled across glistening water and took turns racing the length of the bay. The land bathed in sunshine, and as I paddled back to the peak I couldn’t help but wonder whether the sea lion would leave us alone this time.