Hey everybody, it’s Tuesday! People tend to dislike Tuesdays, but I disagree with that sentiment, I rather like them. It means I survived Monday.
Anyways kids, today I would like to talk about what happens when you step away from your laptop and go outside.
Yep. Outside. Apparently there is a whole world out there called “nature” (pronounced like nay-churr, for those of you like me, who haven’t really been immersed in it since last fall and forget what it’s like) Boy, is it spectacular.
Eric and I can be
workaholics laptop-aholics. Wait, let me rephrase. Every weekend there comes a point when we belly up to our laptops because we say we have work to do. Which we do. But with the internet just sitting there practically begging us to watch funny dog videos on youtube or look at stuff judgmentally on reddit, it’s not always work that takes priority.
Anyways, on Sunday the weather was gorgeous so we decided to pull our noses away from our computer screens and go for a hike in the great outdoors.
(Btw, we didn’t take a single picture while we were out there, which I’m now kicking myself over, so please be aware that the following photos, gifs and diagrams are improvised.)
Don’t get me wrong, we love hiking, but this first nature walk of the year was a little outside our comfort zone.
First, before we even got outside it took about an hour to figure out how to dress for this activity. I’m still not even sure how that was possible considering this was sort of a last minute idea while we were at his house and the only clothes I had were the ones I was wearing. Jeans and flats. Totally appropriate apparel for a city hike, 110% inappropriate for a nature hike. But that didn’t stop us. Eric was going to change into normal athletic clothes, but in a show of solidarity, he too stayed in jeans.
The next question was coat or no coat? This turned out to be a lengthier decision process than one might think. I believe this sentence came out of my mouth at one point: “I mean, I kinda want my coat because it’s cool in the shade but then again it’s nice in the sun and I guess when we’re hiking we’re going to get hot, but what if all the trees provide too much shade and we get too cold?” Eric responded with “Yeah, how long is this going to take? Is it going to be dark by the time we get back?” We both paused and thought about that for a second.
Keep in mind it was 2 in the afternoon, and the trail is a little over 3 miles long.
Yeah. We were acting like aliens who had never before walked on planet Earth.
So, how did we end up settling the coat matter you wonder? Answer- we were both so hot from all that discussion and pacing around the room we decided on no coats.
Finally, we embarked on this hike simultaneously over-excited and under-prepared.
Right away, the steepness of the hill we encountered just to get to the trail posed a greater threat than we anticipated. We turned back to get Gatorade.
Ok, now we were ready.
Once we got to the trail it was great. The path is technically around a “pond” as it’s officially called, but as we hiked around the circumference Eric and I both agreed a more accurate term would be “lake”. “Pond” really doesn’t do justice to this immense body of water.
You get the idea.
There were a couple times we came to a fork in the path. Inevitably, there was a sunny route and a shady route. Our motto was “follow the water” so we tended to stick to the route that more closely wove around the “lake” which was usually the shadier of the two paths. Next time we’ll take the sunny route. New rule is always take the sunny route. There was nothing wrong with the shady routes per se, but they certainly weren’t the pretty routes. And they certainly weren’t the easy terrain routes either.
All good though. We had the best time once we got going. We were talking and laughing and taking in fresh air the whole way. Once we were almost 3 miles in, Eric even proclaimed that he was down for another couple loops around the lake.
However, when we arrived back at our starting point a few minutes later and we had to choose between going around again or going back to his place and make smoothies, the latter beat the former by a unanimous vote of 2-0. Smoothies it was.
The smoothies we made actually turned out super good so I’ll have to post the recipe one Friday in the future. (Not this Friday, because we have a very special guest smoothie-maker this week: my mother!)
Anyways, all in all, Eric and I had a blast. We saw butterflies and birds and we were one with nature and all that awesome stuff. If only we were wearing proper footwear we may have even gotten around the lake more than once. (Seriously, we called it quits after one lap because of the footwear, not because we were both sweaty and tired and hungry.)
So there you have it, friends. That’s what happens when you’re not at your laptop.
Are you a city, suburb, or country person?? Do you ever feel like a fish out of water when you’re not in your element?
Are you glued to your computers as much as Eric and I? (please say yes…)