You’ve got to make the morning last….and that’s exactly what I did this past Saturday morning. If you’re an active Instagram user and follow me there, then you’ve already seen these pictures. If not, you should join in the fun. Instagram is such a great way to keep up with peeps. And it’s not overly crowded yet like so many other social media sites….yet!
I finally set out on an adventure I’ve been wanting to take forever. And it’s only around the corner from my house. Why’d it take me so long? I don’t know…..any reason you can think of and none at all. But you know as moms sometimes it’s hard to carve out time for certain things. Knowing this would take place on a Saturday morning already limited me….add in kayaking last fall and then the holidays, well….no more excuses! The time is NOW!!
Just like I fell hard for kayaking, this bike ride cinched the deal! I mean who wouldn’t want to sail through this oasis. It’s been teasing me all along. I can see this very boardwalk from the road, and I travel home this way from church at least twice a week. Oh yes, I’ve been taunted…..
Now you bet your bottom dollar I’ll be back out here regularly!! If I have to set my alarm and get up with the birds, then that’s exactly what I’ll do. Did I mention this is all in my backyard? Literally…..as I hop on my bike…right around the corner! BEST PART ~ no traffic to deal with. This paradise is tucked away, and most don’t even know it’s here. Shh…it’s my best kept secret!
I rode along and was able to really HEAR myself! I had TIME to let my thoughts just wander, meander and sometimes sit for a spell. I could hear the sounds of nature all around. I was completely and utterly ALONE which is how it is if I kayak alone. Must be one of the reasons I love both of these activities SO much. The quiet…the peace. Though kayaking with a friend is even better…..we get time to just be “girls” instead of moms and so much time to talk UNINTERRUPTED!
I’m so excited that I now have two hobbies I find equally satisfying….and it’s purely a BONUS that there is exercise involved. I clocked my trip yesterday on the way home from church and found out that I biked 10 miles roundtrip Saturday. Took me an hour and 20 minutes but that includes time to stop and snap pictures, and share via instagram. And also time to just sit and take in my surroundings for a few minutes, RELAX and just BE!
Hubby and I went out later that afternoon and picked up a few things to make my ‘time out’ more enjoyable. I wanted a basket for the front of my bike, but ended up with a nice weatherproof pouch to put on my handlebars. I’ll be able to store my phone, water, cash and other essentials without wearing them on my back in a backpack. He also picked out a nice side basket for the back and a bike lock so that if I desire to stop in at Publix to pick up a few things I’d have a place for them. Yes…I know I’m blessed. There’s a Publix grocery right there along my path. It’s about 3 miles from home, and I have two others even closer.
One thing I noticed (which is why I wanted to share this adventure with you and why the title popped in my head while riding) is that all the other bikers I noticed while I was out were all on triathlon bikes. I have nothing against triathletes, and hubby spent 4 years running marathons and competing in triathlons……but when you’re on one of those “fast” bikes….the world just WHIZZES past. I think we spend too much time bouncing here and there, life moves too fast as a rule…..so why am I going to opt for a “fast” activity? As a nature girl, I find I’m drawn to activities that get me OUT IN NATURE….I don’t want to “hurry it up.”
What about you? What activities do you like? Anything activities come to mind you think I’d like?
P.S. I’m happy to report that I already went out on another bike ride this morning!!