When my family lived in Florida, kayaking in December wasn’t unusual; it was still sunny and very warm. However, living in the midwest now, it is a real treat to find a day suitable for kayaking at the lake.
Sunday was that golden day. It was a balmy 70 degree day and on a whim our family decided to pack the kayaks in the truck and head for Springfield Lake. To our surprise, many outdoor enthusiasts had the same idea. The waterways were dotted with blue, yellow, red, green and orange brightly colored sailing vessels. What a gorgeous day and a special time to be outdoors!
After paddling and playing for a couple of hours in the lake, we took our granddaughter to the nearby park until the sun disappeared. It was as if we wanted to extend the day as long as possible. Sure, it was only 6-8 weeks ago that we were complaining about the oppressive heat and humidity. But, that’s what makes this Indian summer day so great!
During the summer months, a trip to the lake is almost ordinary but there is something about being able to sail down the stream knowing you’ve taken advantage of a rare opportunity that makes it more enjoyable. Those warm days will be fewer and far between for the next 4-5 months, which makes you appreciate them even more.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the seasons and the changing temps, but I do love the spring and fall times that the midwest has to offer. So, until spring comes around, I’ll curl up with a good movie or book, while sipping a caramel latté and basking in the warmth of the fireplace. A few unexpected summer-like days sprinkled throughout the winter months would certainly be welcomed, but if not, I’ll appreciate the time to hibernate.