Summer of Outdoor Fun
In recent years we became accustomed to traveling – Thailand, Panama, Peru, Montana, New York, Hawaii, etc. We’ve been fortunate to be able to afford to see some of the world and experience new cultures.
However, with the cost of adoption continually increasing we decided to forgo any vacations for the time being. Simply, travelling is not cheap. Nor is it a necessity to a happy life. So, while I was upset by our decision to cancel a planned road trip to Alaska and then a cheaper alternative of Iceland, I absolutely believe this was the right decision for us at this point in time. In the scheme of our lives, our priority is having a family not going on another vacation.
In the aftermath of our decision I also realized that part of my desire to travel is wrapped up in my learned behaviour to literally run away from my problems and frustrations. I’ve realized that as a teenage when my Dad and I argued, he would literally put me on a plane to go visit extended family, thus getting rid of the problem. And for the first time in a long time, rather then running away I am staying grounded at home.
But, I also refuse to completely put our lives on hold while we try to save up enough cash to pay for our adoption bills and while we wait for an undetermined amount of time.
So, this summer is slowly turning into the summer of outdoor fun. We are enjoying spending time outside whenever we get the chance. And as an added bonus, asides from the gas required to get us places, often our activities are virtually free. We are loving going for bike rides on the cooler evenings, and playing the odd round of golf with friends and fishing at a nearby river.
We are loving spending our weekends camping in the Rocky Mountains. We are enjoying going fishing and eating smores by the campfire. We are loving hiking with our dog, so much so that we just bought her Swamp Cooler to help keep her cool while we are in the sun for long periods of time (we haven’t tried it yet, but Ruffwear products have always impressed me, so my expectations are high).
We also find ourselves exploring new things right here in our community like checking out farmer’s markets and local historic tourist attractions.
I’m also finding wild animals to take photos of (including our newest find, a coyote) and wild flowers too.
I often forget just how beautiful my part of the world is – I guess I take it for granted because it’s right here so I’m used to it being right here. It’s been nice to explore the natural beauty of my part of the world, and I’m getting excited to share it with our child!
So basically our summer of outdoor fun also means that we are just sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves because we cannot go somewhere epic. Nor are we sitting around just waiting for the march proposal phone call. Instead, we are enjoying the right here, right now way of living. Although, I do have to admit we both jump a bit when we see a phone number we don’t recognize or if we miss a phone call. I will also admit that when we are out of cell phone service for more then 24 hours we are making an effort to get somewhere with service so we can check-in – the idea of missing a match petrifies me, so we are trying to stay in touch. Really, I think we are simply trying to live through the wait, but also being practical about it.
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