I’ve been missing nature lately. It’s been so ungodly hot and humid that I haven’t been able to enjoy the outdoors, except for the occasional watering of my tomato plants. I was pining for the meditative balm of the creek and trees, the happy exhaustion that follows a brisk walk.
Since Decky has a morning class at a place right off the bike trail every day this week, I thought I’d take advantage of the easy access to nature and go for a daily walk. I figured the morning would be cooler, the bike trail would be shady – it would be the best chance I would have for some killer walks and mind-clearing.
So I set off this morning at 9:01. I would walk toward Cait’s house. If she was willing to drive me back to my car, I’d walk all the way there. If not, I would just walk for fifty or so minutes, then turn around. She agreed to drive me back, so I kept going.
I went about six miles in less than an hour and a half. The air was moist and the sun was punishing. Only about half my route was shaded. The weeds were overgrown and scorched. The only thing that was pretty was the creek. Nature had given up to the brutal heat.
The last half mile was the worst. I was on black asphalt, the sun was high and there was no shade, and it was all uphill to Cait’s apartment. By the time I got to her door, I was nauseous and my legs were feeling weak. She and Owen provided me with four glasses of cool water, which I downed in quick succession, and a towel on which to lay my sweaty body. After about fifteen minutes, I felt much better.
We visited for a while, then they drove me back to my car, which I had parked at the facility in which Decky was taking his Chemistry class. After a quick lunch, I was in my air-cooled home, washing off my grimy sweaty body in the tepid shower. Ryan and Declan went to play tennis at an indoor club while I caught up on the news and rehydrated further.
Though my legs are a little tired, I feel pretty good. I won’t be braving the heat again until this scorcher has abated. My jones for nature has been fulfilled with a vengeance. If you need me, I’ll be in an air-conditioned building, sipping an iced tea. No lemon.