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If we were having coffee: Late summer adventures edition

Tasting the sweetness.
Tasting the sweetness.

Was there ever a time when you felt suddenly alive?  It was like the doors of the world opened for a minute and you could see directly into life.  You were able to touch life directly and were not lost in your fears and worries.  This experience may not have been during a big event like performing in a play or playing in a championship game; it may have been while walking in the woods or talking to a friend.  All of a sudden you felt alive, awake.  This quality of waking up, or penetrating into life, we could call mindfulness.  Mindfulness simply means being aware, being present.  When you are breathing and know that you are breathing, that is mindfulness of breathing.

~ Soren Gordhamer

Enjoying the light.
Enjoying the light.

If we were having coffee, tea, or some other delicious beverage, I would be delighted to see you again.  Come on inside where it’s nice and cool thanks to the miracle of air conditioning.  Some might say it’s not such a miracle and that our indoor climate control is one of the reasons we gain weight and find it so difficult to acclimate, but pshaw! on that.  Okay, maybe I shouldn’t pshaw! on that, but as someone who honestly gets ill from the heat, I do have a great appreciation for air conditioning.  Electricity is expensive in many ways and on many levels so I don’t keep it as cool as I’d like, but even with it set at 80°F it is cooler than outside (and is a relief after being out there!).

Levitating.
Levitating.

Gosh, I’m rambling already and you’re barely in the door!  Let’s go through to the kitchen and grab our drinks.  I’ll probably have iced tea of some kind, maybe a chamomile-lavender tea.  There are snacks, too.  The usual hummus with pita or veggies, and some cut up watermelon if you’d rather have something sweet.  I’m not a baker so sweets around here are usually of the fruit variety unless M and I decide to treat ourselves to a local favorite, Smith Island cake.  I’ll see if I can have some of that for us next week.  Let’s go sit in the living room where we can watch the hummingbirds at the feeder.  It’s too hot for the porch or the kitchen, where heat tends to build up.

Leaning in to listen.
Leaning in to listen.

How are you?  What have you been up to lately?  Something good?  Something wicked?  Something simply delightful?  Have you traveled anywhere or seen any new sights?  Have you had any wonderful conversations lately?  Learned something new or remembered something old?  Have you gone on any good walks or hikes?  Read any good books or seen any good movies?

Garlic chives
Garlic chives

If we were having coffee, tea, or some other beverage, I would tell you that since our last chat I started and finished reading Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding (the third book in the Bridget Jones series).  I was a little bored with it in the beginning, but it picked up and I found it both laugh-out-loud funny and entertaining at times.  I have seen adverts for the new Bridget Jones movie which is coming out soon, and it sounds like they veered off quite a bit from the book.  According to Wikipedia, the source of all knowledge (heh), the film is based on Fielding’s columns and not on the third book.  Good to know because it sounds nothing at all like the third book.

I have also continued to slowly, at less than turtle speed, read John O’Donohue’s Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom which I love.  I am reading one small section at a time, savoring it and letting it sink in before moving on to the next.  At the rate I’m going, it might take me the rest of the year to finish it.  Or maybe one day I’ll sit down and gobble up whatever is left.

A taste.
Partaking.

Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.

~ John O’Donohue, Anam Cara

A Wednesday adventure.
A Wednesday adventure.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’ve been on a small adventure this week.  I went to Assateague Island National Seashore where I enjoyed some kayaking, walking on the beach, and swimming.  It is the first time I’ve been kayaking since I took a lesson back in June (which, I see, I never did post about other than to say I would be taking a lesson).  The lesson was great and I learned a lot, most of which I have since forgotten because I didn’t get out and practice what I learned.

Making waves.
Making waves.

It was a beautiful day for kayaking and for being at the beach.  My kayaking partner and I explored a little of the marsh where the egrets, herons, and a host of other birds hang out.  It was wonderful to be able to get so close to them.  Not too close, mind you, because the birds wouldn’t allow it.  But they did seem to mind us less in a kayak than walking on shore.  It’s too bad I can’t take the good camera out with me on a kayak.  I am not nearly confident enough in my kayaking abilities, and even if I were, I wouldn’t take the chance since I can’t afford to replace the Canon.  (The photos from this kayak trip were taken with Lulu, my little everything-proof point & shoot.  For those inquiring minds that want to know, it’s a Panasonic Lumix.)

Moving right along.
Moving right along.

We went late enough in the day that kayak rentals were still available and when we finished, the beach was clearing out (which also means finding a parking spot near the beach was relatively easy).  As you may or may not know, the National Park Service here in the U.S. turned 100 on August 25, and it was nice to visit Assateague (the national park section) to help celebrate the big birthday.  I was there a day early, but that’s okay.  It’s the thought that counts, right?

It is super tough to get a straight shot while in a kayak.
It is super tough to get a straight shot while in a kayak.  Everything ends up tilted most of the time.

Wilderness itself is the basis of all our civilization. I wonder if we have enough reverence for life to concede to wilderness the right to live on?

I hope that the United States of America is not so rich that she can afford to let these wildernesses pass by. Or so poor that she cannot afford to keep them.

~ Margaret (Mardy) Murie, Former Wilderness Society council member

By (and in or on) the bay.
By (and in or on) the bay.

If we were having coffee or something else to drink, it would be time for me to turn this over to you.  I’ve rambled on enough for one coffee chat.  Thank you so much for stopping by to visit and chat.  Feel free to stay longer if you’d like.  It’s a good day to go for a swim in the pool.  Sunset might be worth venturing out into the heat for, too.  It’s at 7:40 PM.  I think it would be best to go down to the Point to watch because that way we can duck into the car every now and then to cool off in the air conditioning.  Walking out to the dock has been uncomfortable lately, especially with the return of the deer flies (who really should be gone by now!).

One of the new foals on Assateague Island.
One of the new foals on Assateague Island.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Watching the sunset on the way home.
Watching the sunset at the Point on the way home from Assateague.

This post is in response to Part Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare.  Thank you to Diana for hosting it.  Also, a big congratulations for the #WeekendCoffeeShare being featured on WordPress’s Daily Post.  So glad to see it being shared among the rest of the community!  Put the kettle on, start the coffee maker, open a bottle of wine, or whatever your preference is, and join us.  I’d love to hear all about what you were up to this week.

One last look before we leave.
One last look before we leave.
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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

27 thoughts on “If we were having coffee: Late summer adventures edition

  1. My friend who passed last year loved the ‘Anam Cara’ – her favorite quote was read at her memorial. It is beautifully written and I can see why you want to savor it. I’ve given up on ‘The Mandibles’ by Lionel Shriver, which I gave to my husband, who says it is depressing, so I’m glad I passed. I just finished ‘The Museum of Extraordinary Things’ by Alice Hoffman, which was rather good.
    You picked a gorgeous day for kayaking. I hope it was cooler on the water. I am still holding onto my blissful beach day. Not too many more beach days up here, it’ll start cooling off early Sept.
    Love your sunset shots – so beautiful! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 I think we still have at least another month of beach days down here, but you never know. I looked up the Alice Hoffman book and added it to my reading list. Sounds good.

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  2. It looks so cool and peaceful, too, in your kayaking photos. I would be too nervous to do that, I think. 🙂 Your sunsets are beautiful–and the little foal is so cute!
    I can’t believe the summer is winding down, and I’m back to waking up when it’s still dark. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂 To be honest, kayaking makes me a little nervous. My husband, the dear man, has a history of what some might call adventures on the water. It leaves him (and sometimes me) with good stories to tell.

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  3. We made up our minds this summer to purchase kayaks before next summer. We rented a row boat to go fishing and there was a small group learning how to kayak while we were there. It looked fun but then we saw a couple who had camped near us pass us by (easily)with both of their kayaks set up to allow fishing. I was sold.

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    1. I’m looking forward to hearing all about your kayaking adventures, Bill. 🙂 We decided to purchase one, too. A tandem. It will be easier for us to transport one (although somewhat heavier in the lifting).

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  4. Thanks for another cup of tea, Robin. It’s late Saturday night here and I’ve parked myself in my recliner chair and not budging. The big excitement here this week was watching our daughter play her violin at the Sydney Opera House. It was incredible and yielded a swag of posts. I am currently reading Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and loving it. Learning so much.
    Thanks for the encouragement to get back out on the water in the kayak. We’re heading into Spring here in Australia and while you still need to pick your day, we’re getting some beautiful days. Unfortunaely, our trip to the Opera House coincided with dreadful weather. It was freezing…at least, by our standards!
    Hope you have a great week!
    xx Rowena

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    1. Thank you, Rowena. 🙂 How wonderful for your daughter! And for you! I would have written a swag of posts about it, too, had it been my child. 😀 I read “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” several years ago. It’s a great book.

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  5. The kayaking looks peaceful – add that to something I’d like to do. Maybe you can take Dawn and me when we come visit you next summer, lol! Did you know we were planning that? 😉
    Enjoyed this coffee catch up! As much as I’d love to post my own I’m afraid it might be awhile before I can write another – taking older daughter back to school today and then school starts for me tomorrow!

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  6. Glad you got to go out on the water! I thought you DID risk taking your big camera when I saw the images. They are very beautiful. My favorite, though, is that dragonfly at the top. Oh my!

    We have tons of zinnias this year too…my Wordless Wednesday post is set to automatically post because Katie and I will be adventuring up north far from the laptop by Wednesday. You’ll recognize the image as something you could have taken. 🙂

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  7. I like the idea of reading a book slowly secion at a time, pondering it, then returning for more…but being one who can let candy slowly melt and be savored – have to chomp and chew in delight, guess I tend to gobble books…must have to try (but will probably fail – I do reread sections – even out of order)
    That photo of making waves is cool – a weightless image – even the green grasses seem to be floating in halted time.

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  8. I’m still kicking around the idea of buying a kayak. So much fun. Especially now since we’ve revisited a very cool campground on Lake Erie. I so enjoy reading your posts. Have a great day!

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