Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The secret world of the Wednesday adventurers

 For weeks it seems, we have been encased in freezing fog. Running in the fog, walking in the fog, driving timidly to the gym in the fog, working with fog outside. Fog fog fog. It can grate on the nerves. (How I survived seven years in a rainforest is beyond me.) It was made all the more infuriating because I knew that just a few feet in elevation, the sun was shining.

My birthday randomly fell on a Wednesday. Even though I don't really celebrate, I refused to sit in meetings on that day. We inexplicably got a boon of eight hours of "pre-holiday" off for Christmas and New Years and we could use them anytime before the end of January. Not being stupid, I decided to use them for my birthday.

We drove up the mountain to discover perfection. The snowmobile club had groomed the entire Hass Owl loop, which rarely happens. Also, the sun was shining and it felt like summer (if 40 degrees is your summer). As far as days went, this one ranked right up there.

I skied happily along the corduroy, making record time on the loop. Usually, it takes about four hours to complete. Today, it would take two and a half. And because most people go clockwise, while I was going counter, I ended up meeting people. All of them, I knew. All of them aren't working, are retired, or are self-employed. It dawned on me that there's a secret society of Wednesday adventurers, a whole unknown world of people who are out there while the rest of us are hating the fog and our computers.

Of course, I knew this already; the same friends have given up asking me if I can join them on Wednesdays, because I usually can't. But it felt like I was getting away with something as we met each other on the trail and stopped to chat. For once, I wasn't envious of them, because I was one of them.

A group of friends burst into "Happy Birthday." Nobody was in a hurry. They had all day. In fact, they had all week, all month. Someday I will be one of them, but I had to eventually descend back to the fog. On the weekend, I saw some of the same friends, along with other weekend warriors like myself. We were all down to one layer in the sun, so used to the bone-chilling fog that it felt warm. 

I can't take too many Wednesdays off right now. I returned to work to a grim meeting. "Everyone on this call looks really stressed," I typed in a chat with my co-worker. "That's what it's like to work here," she responded. "Hair on fire!!" I wrote back. There was such a difference in the faces of the people on the screen and the ones I saw on Wednesday. I hope to carry a bit of the secret Wednesday adventure spirit with me in spite of it all.





10 comments:

  1. Great post...and excellent Wednesday sunny outing on a birthday! Especially liked the meeting of friends on the trail.

    ReplyDelete
  2. oh dear goddess, Our eldest son we dibbed 'hair on fire' in his pre-teen/early teen years. A work environment where that is the norm can wear thin quickly. So glad you got out, and above the fog! One of my very least weather patterns. I truly Hate freezing fog. I even wrote a poem about, it was a January in Enterprise, I remember it well, and not fondly.
    So glad you got out!
    I miss home very much, but I must say that I do love the sunshine we get here in NE Nevada. It's been a more 'typical' winter I've heard from folks who have lived her much longer than I, with snow, and lows each night in the teens or single digits. But the SUN! Wow. Makes ALL the difference.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This has been an unusual winter. I don't remember so much fog this prevalent before. Plus, it's been really cold but no real snow for over a month. The skiing is still pretty good and the roads are clear, but otherwise it's a little worrying with the lack of precip.

      Delete
  3. What a special day for your birthday!
    I love my new title, 'Wednesday Adventurer'.

    ReplyDelete
  4. You got a taste of the whole new wonderful world out there waiting for you for when the time is right for you! It sounds like your outing was a perfect birthday gift!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes! I need to get a few things in order first.

      Delete
  5. Great way to spend your b-day! Yes, this is what the retired people get to enjoy, no crowds on weekdays. Hopefully soon you will join their ranks. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Fortunately we never have crowds, today I went out and saw zero people on a Sunday. But I know what you mean. I'm not ready to retire yet. Stop working full time yes.

      Delete

Hello out there. If you liked this post, please leave a comment so I keep writing!