I've never been an "outdoorsy" kind of girl. I didn't enjoy playing sports. Camping was never my cup of tea. I didn't get into hunting and fishing like some girls do. Growing up down south, it was just too hot in the summer and there were things outdoors that slithered and flew and hopped and some of them would bite you or sting you and when that happened, sometimes you died. No. It was not my cup of tea at all. While I spent a lot of my childhood outdoors running around and playing outside, I was just as comfortable and often preferred to be inside where things were nice and clean and much cooler than it was outside. No creepy, crawly, slithering anything to scare me inside the nice safe house.
My how times have changed....
Now that I live in New England where summer is so amazing and there are very few things that slither and crawl around, I find myself drawn to the outdoors more and more. I'm still a little cautious when walking through the forest (old habits die hard); but the knowledge that the creepy crawlies are not so prevalent up here has released me to enjoy the outdoors just a bit more. I'm quite sure that being cooped up all winter, also, helps encourage me to enjoy the warm summer days, as well, since I know they are limited.
This past summer I was able to try kayaking for the first time. My in-laws have kayaks and they took us out to Grafton Pond one Sunday for an afternoon of kayaking and a picnic on one of the islands.
One time in the kayak was all that it took for the two of us to get "kayak fever". I can honestly say that this was the most fun that I've had since moving up here. Grafton Pond is so peaceful and beautiful and kayaking allows you to experience it up close and personal.
When you work full time as David and I do, we only have the weekends to get out and experience life. If you look at a calendar, there are only so many weekends in a summer to do everything that you want to do. With kayaking, the weather has to cooperate because you don't want to get caught out on the lake or pond in the middle of a thunderstorm.
We definitely did not get out as many times as we would have liked last summer; but, kayaking is definitely something that we can't wait to experience again. The count down to summer has begun.