Summer’s here with a bang.. right on the heels of spring. Heck, the flowers are still hanging in there on a few varieties around here and we are definitely in the 90s… with humidity. Where I come from (pretty much all over the southeast) that means summer.
Never mind the calendar, its no help in this matter. Besides, I can count on one hand the number of times in the past 10 years that both the calendar and the weather prognosticators have been right. The rest of the time it has been “unusual” or “rare” weather and seasons.
I will admit that the ability to go out at 2am on a bright moonlit night and just sit in a chair among the pines in shirtsleeves is a nice experience I have never had before this year. Usually, the mosquitoes would have driven me in before the seat of the chair had time to warm to my butt.
This year, however, no mosquitoes so far. Katie and I could just sit and enjoy watching the deer graze only a dozen yards from us in the filtered moonlight while listening to a light breeze whisper through the overhead pines.
In all honesty, I do have to admit that this scenario actually played out about 2 weeks ago as the moon peaked and before this last bout of wet and then chilly weather hit. It was all the idea of Katie the Poo dog to get me up for a 2am rendezvous with her favorite potty spot but what the heck? It was just too nice out there to rush back in and struggle to get back to sleep.
The rain dried up a few days ago and its 68 degrees out there right now … sans moon. We saw our first snake of the season on the street during our evening walk so I am not so tempted at the moment to rush out for an encore evening. But the appeal is still fresh in my mind. The pics are from a few I took on a walk through the neighborhood a few days ago.
As we move towards getting on the road in October, I wonder where I will find other places that will offer such opportunities or maybe some that are even cut from a grander scale. Whatever they are, I sure am looking forward to those experiences, too.