August 15th, 2007

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the suffering that stems from relaxation

Sharif and I spent most of Monday floating on inner tubes in the Shenandoah River. Really, it ended up being at least 5 hours. This was incredible. The day was warm, the water was perfect, the sky was clear, the scenery was lovely. The demands on us were minimal. We relaxed and floated and basically loved life. There was a heron, maybe, and a peregrine falcon, maybe, and cows, definitely. A very few times we went through tiny "rapids", where we held on tighter and said "whee!" I spent the most time on my stomach, watching the river bed pass underneath. Rocks, grasses, sometimes fish.

That's actually where the downside comes in. I did apply sunblock liberally before we started the trip, but 5+ hours in the sun combined with almost constant immersion in water does not make for the most lasting protective effects. And there was no good way for me to carry extra sunblock with me on the river. So my entire back and the backs of both knees are now hot pink and painful and very sensitive. rob greeted me yesterday with a normal-and-usually-welcome scratch on the back. I probably hollered. Even applying lotion hurts. I am making clothing choices based on whether I can wear a tank top underneath instead of a bra.

I'm still extremely glad we did the river trip. While it lasted, it was perfect. I just should have worn a t-shirt or something over my bathing suit. Thank god I was wearing shorts.
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Orange Cave


Orange Cave
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My pictures from our two day trip to Luray and Shenandoah National Park are now posted at Flickr. You will see orange pictures of caves and green pictures of the scenery along Skyline Drive, along which we drove on our way home. There is a shot of some Margaritas and a few of Sharif being silly.

You will not, however, see a picture of the bear. Yes, we saw a bear! We were inside the car, and he was in the woods a little way uphill from the road (Skyline Drive). He was behind a tree, and we just couldn't line up a camera for a good shot. But we saw him clearly, and eventually he ran away.

This trip was lovely from beginning to end, and exactly what I wanted it to be.