Friday, August 14, 2015

Summer Hibernation

                                          Brown Trout, Rocky Mountain National Park

I've been on a bit of a summer hiatus the past two months, waiting out the heat that descends on the southern plains this time of year, the kind of heat that kills the desire to do anything outside and makes me think of permanent relocation to a place of cool waters and gorgeous fish. I haven't even been on the computer much, besides the normal work-related stuff. Haven't written anything, haven't read or commented on any of my regular blogs, haven't, in fact, done much of anything productive. Late-summer triple-digit temps just completely shut down my want-to gene. Want to write? Nope. Want to fish? Nope. Want to run the dogs? Nope. Want to cut firewood, mow the yard, work in the garden? Nope, nope, and nope. I loathe being indoors, but late summer in Oklahoma gives me the unwanted opportunity to feel like a fat, air-conditioned sausage.

But August is slowly creaking past the tipping point, and fall is coming. I can feel it, even in the heat. Can't get here soon enough. I'm ready for birds and ducks and dogs and shotguns. I'm ready for dead leaves rustling in the moonlight. I'm ready for that primeval stirring of restlessness and contemplation. I'm ready to once again stay up late in October reading Bradbury and sipping Scotch while the cold wind blows against the window. I'm ready for the twilight whispering and dark magic of old and forgotten gods who still have a faint,vestigial tug welling up from the lost DNA of deep past. Autumn is an ancient tide that carries us back to a place and time and memory we long ago abandoned. August is the beach on which we sit while waiting for it to carry us out to sea once again.

So here I sit, waiting, twiddling my thumbs, getting a sunburn and bitching about the heat. Hurry up, damn it.     


  1. I know exactly what you mean, Chad. Our nighttime low was 83, last night here in Phoenix. That's a full twelve degrees cooler an overnight low than we've had the last week or so. Standing over compost in the coolish morning, flipping grubs to the hens, I felt summer beginning to let go. It'll take another 60 days, at least. before it really lets go, but it's these early signs of change that allow me to make it to Haloween when triple digit days finally succumb to axial tilt.

  2. I, too, have been a cranky and lazy SOB lately. It's like being behind the slow car in the fast lane... Let's Go!

  3. Amen! Golden aspens and ice in the water jugs! Elk bugling and frost crisped grass under your boots! A cold wind numbing your face, the covey putting up and then slipping back around you and the dog to follow it over the next rise! The peppery smell from the buck lying where he fell, slight fog from his body heat still coming off in the grey dawn! Let it Fall!