I’ve been offline for two weeks. My sister had a health emergency. I spent a week at the hospital with her, then had to catch up with work projects. Last summer, my brother had a life-threatening illness and I was at the hospital for a week with him too. It’s startling when your siblings face death. (They are both fine now.)
But now I wanted just a bit of time for myself, outdoors, staring at the green. And hopefully some stars. Then coffee by sunrise.
So Friday nite was my version of a “S24O” – shorthand for “sub 24-hour overnighter”. That’s a concept and term coined by Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bicycle Works for a quick, overnight, short bike tour. You start riding on one day, stop and stay the night somewhere, and then ride back the following day. It’s an easy way to spend more time outside. It’s an answer for those times in your life when you feel you just don’t have the time to get away for a week-long adventure.
I’ve borrowed the concept and apply it to camping. I love camping, sleeping outdoors in a tent. I used to think camping wasn’t “official” unless I spent a week somewhere. That’s just not feasible for me right now.
After reading about bike touring S24Os, I realized it’s pretty easy to toss some minimalist camping gear in my car, pack a set of clothes, grab food along the way, and just spend one night under the stars. There’s a state park along my commute route, which makes the idea so easy to implement.
So Friday nite was “A girl’s night out”. Now I’ve re-calibrated and feel energized and invigorated. Back to normal with a healthy dose of “Vitamin N”.
Do you use Nature to unwind when Life is crazy? What’s your favorite – adventuring? working in the garden? Just sitting and “watching the grass grow”?
All Nature – View from my Tent: