If you are fortunate enough to have vacation time, holidays, paid time off, etc and are spending at least some of it in a way that is carbon efficient (high ratio of quality/meaning/restoration/connection to carbon) I'd love to hear about it.
I'm just winding down a wonderful week where I never left home. Swimming in lakes, ponds, and really cold streams. Picking every fruit that's ripe here and eating it in every manner you can imagine. Strawberries, honey berries, raspberries, cherries, goumi berries.
Freezing, chopping, pitting, drying. Red-stained fingers, sticky counters, delicious smells.
A hike. A paddle. Meals with friends. Many walks. Some board games. Cake. Peas. Peas. Peas. Fresh mushrooms. And did I mention peas? Snow peas, snap peas, shell peas, yellow peas, green peas. Peas.
Weeding and watching a little family of fledgling barn swallows. Weeding and listening to the bees in the asparagus. Rainy cups of tea. Sweltering jogs followed by cold pond dunks. Just summer, the way I remember it as a kid.
How about you? I want to hear about your bicycle camping, your staycation, your short drives and nearby discoveries? Or your time off used to grow food or plant trees or tinker with some energy efficiency? Can you find happiness and cut carbon all at once?
What if beauty and adventure and rest are actually everywhere, and it's our attention that's needed to unlock them?

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