Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian awoke to another snow covered morning. As they went out onto the patio of the Cliff Hanger, they turned on the grill which was sputtering in need of gas. They got enough gas out of the tank to fry up some eggs and bacon. A breakfast of eggs, bacon, and orange juice was had by all. These were the days that Prince Cian actually liked eggs, though that changed in the near future for some odd reason. Sir Thomas Leaf was missing not having a Trader Joe’s in the area but was in joy that the food they got from the food bank was plentiful and of a great variety. The only downside to the food banks was the amount of processed food they had to pass off. They packed up the Explorer for their trip into Hood River and coasted down the hills towards the Gorge, across the Hood River Bridge, paying the $1.50 toll, and into Hood River. They found a hardware store where they could fill up their propane tank, then hit the Hood River Library for the young Prince to play in. Prince Cian adored the Hood River Library. Afterwards, they headed to Dairy Queen as seemed to be their weekly ritual in Hood River for the $5 buck lunch of cheeseburger, fries, soft drink, and ice cream while the Prince played in the kid’s area. The Prince often does silly things, this time being goofy by putting the spill cone atop his head walking around like a robot. The other kids thought he was a comedian. The delvers then ran other errands around town, checked mail at their postal mail box, and headed back across the bridge paying the $1.50 toll. Back up the hills towards BZ Corner and Trout Lake, they made it to their winter blanketed wilderness retreat where their merchant trailer was still buried under feet of snow. This was a major thorn in the side of Sir Thomas Leaf as he simply could not get it out if they had festivals to vend. The explorers had to park by the road because the driveway was too buried. Trodding back to the Cliff Hanger, they settled in and grilled up burgers for dinner, watching movies they checked out from the Library until it was time for sleep. An exhausting day of errands and chores … A restful night was had by all to howling winds and the raging rapids of the White Salmon river below where they slept.