So my husband thought I was totally fucked up for wanting to spend the day alone at a conservation park. He thought it was so weird. Our discussion the night before I had planned to go almost made me change my mind. I woke up the next day and the sun was shining the air was fresh and clean. How could I not go??? I totally didn’t see anything weird about spending the day alone being one with nature. My car was packed with a tent…just in case it rained, a few blankets, some pillows, the pup and some treats and water for him, some wood for a bonfire, a good book, and a lil cooler with a yummy salad and other goodies. What else could I possibly need??
I needed nothing else. Nixon my pup and I found the perfect spot. An area lined with trees for the tent, a beautiful spot in a carved out nook in the woods and a clearing where the fire pit would later beg me to warm up once the sun began to make its decent.
The tent was pitched and the blankets and pillows were laid out. The picnic table held my book and some art stuff I brought to work on. Nixon and I took off for a walk to check out our surroundings. Beautiful doesn’t begin to describe my view. Being alone heightened my senses. I could smell the pine trees, hear the wind make its way through the leaves and around the trees. I could see a blue heron trying to hide among the brush that outlined a pond. Nixon enjoyed his new found freedom of walking without a leash. He seemed to walk with pride. Hahaha!!! Within an hour of my being at the park my face softened, my mind cleared, and my shoulders felt lighter. I wasn’t concerned with paying bills, dealing with laundry or organizing Thanksgiving dinner. A smile was on my face the entire time I was there.
I figured that I should share this with the hubs. He really needed to know why I needed to be there and why I enjoyed it so much. I sent him off a text asking him to join me and to bring dinner and to try and get our son Tristan to come along. I couldn’t convince Tristan, but Matt was totally up for it. After he finished work he grabbed a pizza and joined me for supper. My salad was yummers for lunch but I was super happy to have pizza for supper. Before we ate we walked around for a bit and then he had a little nap in the tent while I finished the book I was reading. When he woke up we sat in the ten looking out the lil door in total awe of our surroundings. The pizza was gobbled up and we decided to chill in the tent for a while longer. We couldn’t spend the night because Matt had to be at work the next day so we soaked up as much enjoyment as we could from our slice of heaven.
The sun began to set and we watched the colours of the sun set hit the tress warning us that it would be getting dark soon. Climbing outta the tent and after packing it up we started building our campfire. With the sun going down it was getting chilly but Matt knows how to build a good fire!!! Just before the sun said a final goodbye we saw 2 flocks of geese fly over head. They all seemed to be talking at once and I asked Matt how they could possibly understanding anything if they were all talking at once. He seemed to think that they were yelling words of encouragement…like…”we’re almost there”, and “you can make it”. I loved that idea!!!
When we were surrounded by total darkness we laid down beside the fire and did some star gazing. I have never felt so lucky in all my life. The only thing that could have had this time even better would have been to have the kids with us. I had everything I needed. Which turns out not to be much. Fresh air, nature, and a good bonfire all while wrapped in my husbands arms! Matt now understood why I was drawn to this place. It was one of the best nights we have ever had together.
Hope everyone makes time to enjoy moments like these as these will be the moments that you’ll remember!