As I sit here, covered in SPF 110 and Bug Repellent.

 Exhibit A. 

Exhibit A. 

Sure. I'm "outdoorsy" ... If sipping wine and knitting on patios counts. Truth be told, I'm a total homebody and rarely leave the house, except maybe to forage for food ... or I might have been lured out with the promise of yarn. Otherwise, I'm outside against my will — especially if you see me hiking. (See exhibit A.) 

Don't get me wrong. I love nature, but my threshold for enjoying the great outdoors is quite limited. Hiking requires sneaker-wearing, slathering on the SPF 110 (I have the skin of a vampire), and more bug-repellent than I care to spray on my person. Also, there be spiders! 😱 Nothing scares the b'jebus out of me more than spiders!! (I saw the movie Arachnophobia when I was 7-years-old and it scarred me for life. Seriously, I could not use the loo for WEEKS without thinking a spider was going to crawl up out of the toilet while I was using it. Fun Fact, this fear actually came true about a year ago. I am still recovering from the horror. #TMI ) Despite these things, Dennis somehow manages to get me out on a trail.

So today, when Dennis suggested we take a hike around Jamaica Wildlife Refuge (This seems to have become our annual tradition) my knee-jerk reaction was to stay home and knit.  But it was such a nice day and I knew the fresh air, and some exercise would do us good. Plus, I could practice taking photos with my fancy-schmancy DSLR camera (incentives, y'all!)

The refuge is only about a 20 minute drive from our house, and has a cute little trail lined with wildflowers, turtle nests (Though I've yet to see a live turtle in the 6 or 7 years that we've been going.), and majestic water views. It's also home to quite a few native birds like snowy egrets, swans, and ospreys! You don't have to try very hard to feel like you've left New York City, even though you can see the city skyline across the water.

So, I'm not really sure what the moral of the story is, but as I sit here covered in sticky sunblock, bug repellent, and a few scant mosquito bites (some in rather inconvenient spots), I have to say, I rarely regret these little adventures. We got out of the house, saw some nature, took some fun photos ... 10 points for Griffindor?

It was a good day.