Saturday, June 25, 2011
Thinking About Hiking In A Washington Rain Forest While In The Tandy Hills Jungle
I wish that was where I was, but I'm not.
The greenery in the picture is in the Rain Forest of the Tandy Hills Jungle. In Texas. Around noon today.
Right about now a throng of humanity is descending upon a locale in Washington known as the Neff Ranch.
I had expected to be among that throng, but multiple issues caused that not to happen.
One issue, for me, was the surprisingly early date of this event. I assumed these particular festivities would take place later in summer, after Mother Nature had a chance to warm up the Puget Sound zone.
Right now, at the Neff Ranch, it is 63 degrees. At my current location, right now, it is 96 degrees. I shivered for almost an entire month the last time I was in Washington, from July 20 to August 20, 2008.
Yes, I know I could have come prepared with long johns and gloves. Acclimating to cold is much more difficult than acclimating to heat, in my experience.
And then there is the fact that I don't really need a reunion to see the people I want to see when I am back in Washington. These days with email and Facebook and free long distance calling, it is easy to keep in touch with people you want to keep touching.
A few weeks ago when I'd reached the point in time where I had to make up my mind to book a flight north, or not, I found out that several people who were people who I would have liked to see, would not be seeable, today, due to a variety of reasons.
I still could have made a last minute dash north, as late as Friday. But on Thursday I talked to Carlotta Camano and after that conversation I decided I would not be flying north this week.
I may make a trek north in August.