Last Thursday, I enlisted a few travel coworkers to come hike with me after work. Things have been a bit rough recently and when this happens, I find that retreating back to nature helps me the most.
Although “hike” would be a generous word for the path up to Mount Bonnell, the views at the top were worth it (worth what, the lack of hike? Everything’s worth the lack of physical activity). Honestly, we should’ve known it wasn’t going to be tiring when a group of businessmen still in their suits strolled up the gravel path.
Alongside the path were rocks large enough to host picnics on as well as secluded little groves where we’d accidentally stumble onto a intimate little rendezvous, oops. It is quite the romantic place to take a date though. We also couldn’t get enough of peeping down to the houses lining the river… what extravagant lives we’ll never lead! They varied from the typical pool-in-backyard to port-for-my-yacht. But who needs those when we have good company?
These girls have been all over the world! Anna was off teaching English in Thailand for the past year and made her way through Southeast Asia; Lauren studied abroad in Spain, wandered around Europe (and Morocco!) for a bit before coming back and joining Americorps NCCC.
As we gorged ourselves on the setting sun, we sat on a few rocks and chatted about anything and everything. It’s times like these that remind me how little of that I get here… just peaceful chatter between friends. Recently, everything’s been so explosive and group-y that I haven’t had the time to just sit back and enjoy someone else’s company.
We swapped stories about our journeys abroad for a good hour or so; there’s nothing better than to connect with like-minded explorers that makes me feel like I’m on the road yet again. For some reason, I personally find it rarer to have deep discussions with people in your everyday life than with people that are just passing through. Maybe it’s the fact that we’d never see each other again afterwards or that the pace of my life is so starkly different when traveling than when not, but the fact that we had this little talk was something I didn’t know was missing until now.
As much as I wanted to stay up there and talk forever, it was getting dark and the mosquitos were coming out to play. So, we dusted ourselves off, brushed off the magical moment, and clambered back into Lauren’s car.