Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mr. Richard]
I thanked her and said I had already had my lunch before I left town
After dinner was over and we were back around the fire, I asked them to tell me about their trip to Greene County.
“Well,” Mr. Richards said, “We started out on the 11th day of January and didn't get back until the 17th of February. We did not intend to stay that long, but we got caught by the high waters and couldn't get away for we was in our boat. I think it rained just about the hardest I have ever seen and the wind was terrible. I thought sometimes that our tent would go inspite of all we could do, and if we had been up on the hill it would have blown away, for trees were just torn up by the roots, but we were down near the swamp lands and the trees around us protected us I guess. Yet it is a wonder some of them didn't blow over on the tent.
“No, we didn't have any luck on this trip. Usually we put out our traps on creeks and rivers to catch minks and musk rats, but the streams were so bad that we couldn't put out many traps and in all that time we only got about four minks and a few muskrats. We caught a few fish to eat, and caught a few squirells and some rabbits, but we had plenty to eat. The hardest thing was to get enough dry wood for fires and cooking. But you know there is always a way to get along if you try hard enough. Yet I don't like to be out on trips much when the weather is so bad.