Lately, it seems like I have been slacking on the ‘Adventure’ posts, or just getting out and exploring at all. I am back into the full swing of work, the weather is starting to get colder, and the evenings seem to be full of chores. Honestly, I have just been making lots of excuses about why I’m not getting outside to enjoy where I live.
But, I finally got out of my funk! Seriously, I didn’t realize how much I needed just a tiny little outdoor exploring until I actually got out there.
Each night Brady and I take our dogs on a quick walk right along a river that runs through Laramie. Which I guess means yes, I get outside to get some fresh air, but after going on the same exact walk night after night it gets to be a tad monotonous. So, we decided to head up to a nearby hiking trail right after we got off of work. Really, we were both starting to get the ‘I-need-some-outdoors-time-itch’ and decided we could kill two birds with one stone by taking Ellie and Teton with us.
But, as the work day wound down it looked like a storm was blowing in, and then we both got to talking about everything we needed to finish before tomorrow (grocery shopping, folding laundry, complaining about chores/work, washing dishes—you know the standard stuff). And it started to look like we were going to put off our little, mini hike yet again.
Thankfully, we bit the bullet and decided to load our ridiculously smelly dogs into the car and drive the 15 minutes to our hiking spot (yes, it is only a 15 minute drive and we were still making excuses about not having time…).
It was absolutely worth it. The leaves on all of the Aspens along the trail have changed. The weather was just cold enough that no one else was out there so we could let the dogs off their leashes (I was even able to take off Teton’s muzzle/Hannibal Lector mask because I didn’t have to worry about him chasing down any of those threatening children on bikes). The air smelled like fall. The dogs burned off all of their pent up energy. And we got a change of scenery.
Seriously, all of this from one measly, little half an hour jaunt in good ol’ Wyo.
Why do we not do this everyday?
Well, because we make excuses. And sometimes Netflix is just calling my name.
I am a big proponent of balance within your lifestyle, but my binge TV watching was starting to vastly outweigh my outdoors exploring—so, I’m glad I leveled that out just a teeny bit. Still a balancing work in progress…
I mentioned in my Letter to September that I wanted to make sure I didn’t get stuck in a non-adventure rut during these upcoming cold months. I think these short and sweet, after-work hikes may be just the ticket. I mean, let’s be real, here: I am a bit of a diva about the cold. So an all day trek deep into the Wyo wilderness to stand in a freezing cold river and hope to catch one fish, isn’t something I am going to jump to do every weekend. A few times: yes. But, only because I want a cool picture of me standing in a river with snow piled up on the bank and frost clinging to my eyelashes as I hold a monster trout… An hour walking with Brady and the dogs, though, is perfect.
Believe me, I hope as you are reading this you are snuggled up on your couch, with your favorite TV show in the background, a seasonal beer in your hand, and a belly full of chili (much like how I am writing this—minus the chili because it’s definitely one of those eat-any-and-all-leftovers-in-the-fridge kind of nights). Those nights are perfect and exactly what fall is designed for. However, make sure you make some time this week to get out in the fresh air wherever you live. Whether it is walking along your favorite path in town, or walking through a neighborhood full of houses you dream of owning, or walking in the woods, or walking downtown to window-shop: just get outside and avoid that cold weather funk. It will work wonders, I promise. It’s crazy, I only got half an hour of mountain air and was ready to take on writing this post, laundry, washing dishes, and I’ll still have time to watch a Friends episode or 4 before I hit the hay.