I woke this morning to the sound of heavy rain. Actually, I woke to the sound of my alarm and then the rain. I reset my alarm and tried to go back to sleep, fully preparing myself to cancel my walk today. A half hour later, I felt a little burst of energy and decided to get out and walk. The deciding factor was the lack of wind, which meant that I could bring an umbrella with me.

The first part of the walk was pretty easy. It wasn’t really raining that hard, as it turned out. Some of the storm drains were clogged so I had to jump from dry spot to dry spot to cross the streets. But that was even a little fun, like jumping from stone to stone to cross a creek. It reminded me of being a kid again.

Then the rain got heavier, a LOT heavier. But I stayed mostly warm and mostly dry and had a good walk. I took off my shoes at the door and walked into the house, leaving wet footprints with my wool socks.

I had a comforting thought during my walk. Through thick and thin, there are things I can do to take care of myself.

I also had the thought that as we head into winter, I might be wise to buy some water proof gloves and reassess my supposedly waterproof breathable Gortex light hiking shoes!