Yesterday was the day after Christmas. After indulging for the past week or two (maybe more) I really felt the need to get moving. I slept in today but then I got up and cleaned house for a couple of hours while waiting for it to warm up some. My heated vest and gloves had been waiting to get tested so I decided it was time.
There is a park not far from me in Bristol, TN called Rooster Front Park. I like to take Harper there when the weather is nice. She is not a fan of the cold so I left her home this time. Since I wanted to get groceries, too, it was better that she stayed home.
There is a small, but very pretty waterfall at the park. It’s only about 1/4 of a mile in and I just wanted to see what it looked like with the temperature as cold as it’s been. It was only 28 degrees today but I stayed very warm. It was going to be too bulky with my coat on top of the vest and the huge gloves so i left it in the car. I had on a sweatshirt and a flannel over it. With the vest that was plenty warm enough for the top half. The bottom half was another story. My feet were fine. I was wearing hiking socks and boots. For some reason, though, I didn’t even consider my legs. I had on a pair of jeans but I didn’t layer anything under them. It wasn’t terrible at all, but my thighs were definitely feeling the cold by the time i made it back to my Jeep.
The water flowing gently over the rocks as I walked in was so soothing, but it did not compare to the cascading sounds of the waterfall. I was surprised that there were so many icicles, but I’m so glad because they made awesome pictures. Of course, it was prettier in person.
After the time spent outdoors today I almost feel like a new woman. If you have the time and are in a location that makes it possible I encourage you to get out even when it’s cold. It really clears your mind and makes your world feel so much better.
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