Living - and already savoring - the Adventures across the backroads of western Idaho and eastern Oregon!

25 August 2011

Of Phish and Fishing

Phish is that eponymous 90’s band that tinkles out some merry mellow tunes for those who missed the Grateful Dead in their heyday. My iPod stumbled onto their album Round Room when our family vacationed in the Catskills this month. Phish’ing in a hammock…

Amazingly, we did not fish once in six days. The shame I bring on my family, myself and my tackle box.

And there was no cyber-phishing either since we were without laptop or even cell tower coverage.

Why is that important? It’s not. But I’m happy to be wrong since it proves you don’t need lots of toys and distractions since they inherently distract one from what’s right in front of you.

No square room to box in my expectations. Instead, for example, a nice lake in a wooded valley whose ridgeline offered a brutal 2.5-hour hike, one I’d happily take again.

Campfires during the daytime (such boldness!). Eating when we felt like it. Wandering down by the brook. Tasting raindrops. Kayaking whenever the mood struck and the lightning did not. It’s all good.

1 comment:

Arkansawyer said...

It IS all good.... You went away for a long weekend, the stock market nosedived by 600 points and then some... the S&P downgrade of US Gub'mint debt happened... there were widespread riots in London.

But what happened 'out there' didn't phase you in the least.

The stress of today's world, especially when one works in DC, needs to be set aside occasionally for sanity's sake. I am glad we had the chance to hike up on that ridge and listen to the blast of thunder instantly following the flash of light. It was worth the drenching, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat!