Rainy Day Ramble in 4 Photos

Posted on May 18, 2020


The last time I enjoyed a hike with D, I remarked, with wonder and delight, that we have hiked at the same park for twenty-plus years– and we make new discoveries, usually several, every time we visit! For example, I decided to hike yesterday, even though it was raining, and I am glad I did.

I wore my gaiters and waterproof hiking boots, and I opened my clear umbrella when necessary. I decided to hike until one or both conditions had been met: I hiked as long as I felt like hiking, or I felt uncomfortable. With temps in the mid-high fifties, I was in no danger from cold. As I set out, an aphorism from my Leopold Education Project circle rang in my memory: “There is no such thing as bad weather.”

Indeed. With the right equipment, almost any conditions can be enjoyed. As a child, I believed that snow was “bad weather,” because I never owned boots that kept my feet warm, and it was painful to be out in the winter–and even more so during the warming-up process after coming indoors. Fortunately, in my late twenties, I met a winter hiking enthusiast who saw the problem at a glance, gifted me good winter gear, and made it possible for me to enjoy winter hikes. I am GRATEFUL, and I still use the REI under-layer that he gifted me. One thing he explained to me is that quality equipment usually costs more at purchase time, but it will end up costing less that cheaper models, because the more expensive products usually last longer. It has certainly turned out to be true in this case.

I hiked about two-thirds of my normal distance, but I received a full portion of beauty, wonder, and joy.

I am grateful to have lived in one place long enough to be able to cultivate long-lasting– yet always new–relationships with beloved people and favorite spaces.

“To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature”

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