I walked outside the other morning to let my dogs out at about 4:30 a.m. It’s getting light now much earlier during spring in Alaska (called breakup here), so there’s no chance of sleeping in for me. As soon as the first rays peek around the curtains, I’m awake.
We had gotten rain overnight and droplets still lay on the grass, flowers, and leaves that are exploding after the long dormant winter. Absolute silence filled the air but for the occasional bird or gentle sway of the breeze in the forest.
I sat down on the steps and watched as the dogs rolled around in the grass, bathing themselves in dew. I think they relished the change from frolicking in the snow as much as I did.
Then I breathed in deeply letting the fresh forest air and essence of spring fill my whole being. The smell was calming yet electrifying. All my senses came alive, and to me, nothing feels as good as that.
Ignite the Senses
As I was sitting there watching the dogs enjoy their romp outdoors and pondering the imminent bath they were going to get, I felt pity for those who fail to take the time to immerse themselves in the natural world around them. What a shame to live life at such a pace that you never really experience living.
If you spend time in nature, you know exactly what I mean. The smell of a forest, ocean, or desert when everything is fresh is an elixir to residual wintertime blues. Colors burst bright, sounds become more noticeable, and you feel the energy of life around you. One breath of springtime air ignites all five senses.
You are a part of what you are experiencing. I believe that’s what it means to become one with nature.
It’s so simple…all you have to do is breathe.
Spring in Alaska
Only the truly dense can escape nature during spring in Alaska. It’s all around you. Brown turns to green, flowers appear, and animals bring new life into the world. The snow line is slowly creeping up the hill. Hardy Alaskans are hitting the lakes and ocean beaches (we will swim in just about any temperature of water). And, Kings are starting up the rivers.
It’s time to break out the summer gear! In the excitement of changing seasons my advice is, don’t forget to take a breath and live it. I promise you, memories are more vivid when you are totally immersed in your environment.