This blog post is a bit of a challenge for me to write. I very much related to Kimmerer’s students, and their explanation of why things layered they way they do. I don’t know more than the common terms for environmental species and really, I don’t care to. I am not an outside person in any way, shape or form. I prefer to go from my climate controlled home, to my climate controlled vehicle, to my almost always climate controlled destination. Given that, you can imagine the difficulty I had coming up with a time I felt connected to the environment. After some thinking, and beginning to believe that I would not come up with anything, I realized that my connection to the environment is water.
I very much love watching and listening to running water. I enjoy looking at photos of pristine lakes, majestic waterfalls, and gently running streams. I enjoy watching and listening to the rain, water running and slapping gently against the shore.
The one time my connection to the environment and water stands out is when I was fortunate enough to visit San Diego. My husband and I spent a week there. We had a long list of things we wanted to see and do. The top of the list, an absolute must was to visit a beach and the Pacific Ocean.
We arrived at a, mostly. deserted beach only a couple of tourists and surfers to be found. I was in awe of being at the ocean. I just stood and watched and listened. I felt instantly calm, and at peace, a wonderful feeling. As I stood and watched, nothing else mattered, I heard no other sounds, but the roar of the waves. The waves were very high, and came in fast. My husband and I speculated that there must be a storm out in the ocean somewhere that was generating such waves. Sitting at the shore we watched the surfers, making bets as to if they would get up and ride the wave. When we tired we of watching the surfers we turned our attention to the waves themselves. The power and force of the waves was so impressive. It put into perspective, just how devastating and forceful waves can be. However, the even with the realization of the destructiveness that water can bring there was something so mesmerizing about watching the shapes, and patterns the waves took. The time just melted away from us, as we sat hypnotized by the roar and power of the water. I have never had time slip away from me like that when I have been outside before. I hope to someday go back and experience that calmness again.