So here I am sitting inside on this rainy day, just thinking, ugh I wish I could be doing something outside. Then all of a sudden I think to myself “Why can’t I?!” I love being outdoors and adore the smell of desert brush after it rains, but what about during the rain. The other day as I was walking my dog Sasha, and it started to sprinkle, I remember our pace picking up and both of us eagerly rushing back to the house.
I feel like our whole lives we have been taught to fear the rain. I can remember my mom and especially my sweet grandma, always calling us when there was thunder or when they felt the first rain drop on their skin. But I just don’t know why rain gets such a bad rap. I live in Reno, so…in the desert, and it seems like the second we get the tiniest bit of precipitation, our world comes to a screeching halt and people forget how to drive, all because there windshield wipers are on.
I was born in Florida and the rain there is much different than it is here in Reno. The humidity is so high in Florida that after a rain storm you didn’t feel more refreshed or like the air was cleaner. You simply felt more wet and sticky. The little rain we get here in Reno is amazing and extremely refreshing to me. Nothing cools you off better than a sudden summer rain and the gentle breeze that typically accompanies it.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t live in Washington where it rains most of the year, but I do promise to start enjoying myself OUTSIDE more! I’ve also come up with a little list of things I’d like to do in the rain
- Kiss in the rain – “Awe” Okay, mushy moment is over; I just see it in the movies and thought, “eh! Why not?!”
- Splash in puddle – this is something we all loved doing as kids and our parents hated!
- Take a easy stroll with the dogs – one of my dogs loves the rain, her name is Mimi, and her mother, also a German Shepherd, hates it so maybe we’ll try our little walks in the rain again.
- Go camping – sitting around a campfire or under a canopy of trees with the rain coming down through the pines trees sounds amazing!
I encourage everyone to GetOUT! There and let the rain pour and enjoy it while it lasts out here in the desert or wherever you are! Follow me on Twitter at @cynthiabonca.