Postcards from Real Life: Good Weather

One of the things I believe in…. and I try to get Fred and George to understand in spite of their complaints, is that we can explore in all kinds of weather. Each scenario offers it’s own unique view of a landscape, regardless of whether it’s the forests of the Smokies, the deserts of the Mojave, or anything in between.

So when I saw the rainy forecast for our trip to the Len Foote Hike Inn this week, I didn’t shy away. It certainly wasn’t going to be hazardous weather, just wet. Seemed like a good challenge for the boys who would be fair-weather explorers if left to their own devices. They were forewarned going in that it would be a little challenging on the way out in terms of slippery trails but they’d been wanting to return to the Hike Inn so badly they didn’t balk.

Imagine our surprise to wake up Tuesday morning to snow instead of rain. Like any kids, especially ones who experience snow rarely, their blue eyes lit up in delight. And so they played for a bit until fingers were stinging with cold and we set off down the trail. That initial joy of snow play shifted to the reality of slogging down the trail, keeping hands and feet warm, and staying comfortable all while marveling at the transformed landscape.

We were given the opportunity to embrace an unexpected scenario and it’s implications both positive and negative. For yours truly that’s not a stretch but for my budding explorers, it was a testament to the flexibility and perspective they’ve gained by being exposed to such a wide variety of places, situations, and weather in our travels.

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. ~John Ruskin

It doesn’t take much to transform a familiar view into something excitingly new.


  1. It would have been nice to catch the snow. Too bad we missed it by one night. I like your comment about having the right perspective in all sorts of weather. “Too much sunshine makes a desert” after all

    1. I was only expecting rain so it was quite a surprise. There’s a different beauty to all weather though right? On rainy days, my geomorph prof would always say it was a great day for geomorphology… Indeed!

      So cool to bump into you on your way out. Timing was perfect!

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