Simple things

Just as I was pulling on my sneakers to go back to the store and help Howard close, the phone rang and it was him. Asking if I wanted to go on a boat ride.

Our friend Brian invited us out, and I jumped at the chance. After all it was a warm, dry day. We were well in to the 60’s.

I grabbed my jacket and ran out the door, got the store, Howard and I closed out quickly and we met Brian down at the slip.

Armed with Gwen (the ipod) to cover the engine noise (it’s an inboard jet boat), we made haste and before we knew it we were skimming along the Kuskokwim and then veered off where it meets the Takotna river and headed up to Tatalina Creek. We floated a while down the creek, but the mosquitos were having a field day so we headed back to the Takotna, where it was wide open and the breeze would keep the bugs at bay.

Brian dropped anchor, opened a 6 pack of Blue Boar Ale, and we toasted to the gorgeous day. He had his ipod hooked up to his speakers and we compared our playlists. Turns out they were weird mixes but also very similar.

There we were listening to Tim McGraw, Alanis Morissette, Eminem, Johnny Cash, Mariah Carey, Etta James, Poison, Anthrax, LL Cool J, The Go Go’s.

We chuckled at our eclectic mix, but we sang along anyway.

We talked about flying (he’s a pilot), fishing, did a little bitching about our jobs and life in general, and sometimes we just sat in silence taking in our surroundings.

You know? I can pay all the psychiatrists in the world for my therapy. I can dole out money for meds that treat anxiety and depression.

But you get this country girl out in nature? And it’s the best treatment yet.

On the ride back, I was buzzing on the warm sun, Rascal Flatts blasting in my ears and thought of the irony. I live in the bush and still feel like I need to go to the middle of nowhere and collect my sanity.

Truth is stranger than any kind of fiction.

2 Responses

  1. Janet Says:

    I totally agree with you! It’s so peaceful out walking in the woods with my dogs!

  2. Amy Says:

    iPods are so handy :) I seriously love mine more than I ever thought I would. I wondered what on earth took me so long to buy one.

    The boat ride sounds divine.

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