Thursday, July 25, 2013
Tonight I was feeling tired after a very busy few days at work, and to be honest, after a couple of beers with a friend while catching up with her. I knew I wanted to get a little easy cardio in so I put some leggings and walking shoes on, even though it was feeling late. Opened up the door and saw that it had started to sprinkle lightly. Do I really want to go for a walk and get soaked? I guess... since I'm already dressed for it and what does it matter if I get wet?
I got out the door and I'm glad I did. The first thing I noticed was that the remaining sunlight was lighting up some nearby structures so that they glowed absolutely golden against the grey gloomy sky in that direction. Just another hundred steps or so and I see a rainbow shooting straight up from the ground glowing against the same gray clouds. The only part of the rainbow visible was the very bottom part of what would be the right side of it, so it looked like a rainbow pillar instead of an arc. Gorgeous!
Just another hundred yards or so down the road I turned the corner, walking away from the rainbow and discovered a stunning, brooding, stormy sunset as my reward. Reds, purples, grays, a little orange, pink and yellow thrown in for variety, but mostly the deeper shades spread low against the entire evening sky in that direction. I walked on this road watching the colors morph before turning back around as it got darker. As I got close to home, the sky mostly dark gray now with no more glowing structures or rainbow pillars or vivid sunsets, I crossed the railroad tracks. Looking down the long straight path of the tracks, I caught one last glimpse of brilliant ruby red sky far off to the west, at the very end of the tunnel made by the trees to either side of the tracks.
I didn't get soaked by the rain, my mood has been lifted, I burned a couple hundred calories (that will help offset that beer I drank!), I listened to some energetic music and was inspired by the beauty that is just outside my front door... and all I had to do was get my shoes on and get out the door!