by Melissa Truman
A couple weeks ago me and some friends decided to rent some canoes and kayaks and enjoy some time out on the lake. We strapped on our life vests and paddled out onto the wild green murky water. Personally, I don’t like wearing life vests that much, but I signed a waiver saying I would and you should always follow the rules when liability is involved. The life vests were blue, so we looked like a bunch of blue marshmallows floating around in a sea of algae and foggy water. It was such a nice day out on the lake, enjoying the outdoors and hanging out with friends.
A few weeks later, I went camping with some of the same friends. Now I know everyone has their sleeping preferences, but I absolutely love when I get to sleep in my Hammock. My friend recently became a proud owner of a hammock and so this particular weekend we decided to get our camp on. We set our hammocks up in a little nook of trees on the edge of what was about a mile of forest. We were just out there, swinging in our hammocks and eventually we fell asleep.
Now, when I fall asleep, I do it right. I don’t wake up for much, except breakfast and coffee. Apparently in the middle of the night some deer came out of the woods and started sniffing me and my friend. She said she tried to shoo them away and that I even woke up and made a crazy face at her, but I don’t remember any of this happening which is unfortunate because it would make for a better story I’m sure. The events of the evening were relayed to me the next morning over breakfast and coffee.
Now, I’m not sure what you do at the end of the day when you get off work to unwind, but I’d like to hope you do something interesting. Everyone has a different pace of life, so maybe your hobbies don’t involve you riding out to the nearest lake with your buddies and that’s okay. Your hobby may be doing projects around the house, traveling, or something very intellectually stimulating that I’m just unable to think of at the moment.
The point is that you’re doing something you enjoy. I’ve found that having a hobby keeps me from getting too caught up in the day to day life of: work, eat, sleep, repeat. Most of my hobbies involve something to do with the outdoors, especially in the summer time. What I’m trying to say is having a hobby can keep you from going crazy from the monotony of day to day routine and you may even make a few friends along the way. Try something new this week: get out and enjoy the outdoors. You won’t regret it.
Hammock Camping- Speer