With narrowed eyes and the appropriately scrunched eyebrows, my husband questioned why on a 91 degree day I insisted on leaving my passenger side van window down. Rather than seal out the summer heat thereby allowing the air conditioner to effectively cool the sun-baked interior, I had chosen to keep my window in the all-the-way-open position and hang my arm through the opening.
“I want to get the full experience,” I shared, answering his inquiry before it became vocal.
His eyes narrowed further into slits. “The what?”
“The full outdoors experience. Now let’s drive around.”
“Mm hmm…” Head shaking slightly, he shifted into reverse, and we proceeded to meander through Cataract Falls State Recreation Area.
To feast our eyes on the peaceful, serene setting. And take in the sounds of nature that filtered in through that open window. It would have been a shame to miss the birds’ chirping or the insects’ buzzing or the rabbits’ scurrying through the brush. And the falls. A closed window would have blocked out the cadence of the water cascading over the rocks.
Traversing as close to the waterfalls as my unreliable legs allowed us to go and taking a brief hike along the wooded bank had left us sweat-covered and hot. Still, I wanted to soak up more of the outdoors even if only through the eighteen square inch opening in the side of the van.
Because that’s what a person does when on vacation. Soak up the things that are different from the every day routine of life.
When we’d inched our way along the last of the paved drives, we headed for the exit. As we turned on to the road, I pushed the control to roll up the window.
“Thought you wanted the full experience,” my husband quipped, an ornery smirk tugging at his mouth.
I adjusted the air conditioning vent to blow more fully on my still sweaty face. “I did and we got it, now hush.”
Share one of your own “full experience moments” from this summer!