DELICIOUSLY DRENCHED

DELICIOUSLY DRENCHED

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

A quick return on an investment is something to celebrate.
We invested in bikes not even two weeks ago and already the investment has paid off in the priceless memories of an adventure.
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Yesterday we enjoyed a 20 mile trek around the city of Sioux Falls:
We skirted through half a dozen parks, sailed under the newly sculpted "Arc of Dreams" downtown, enjoyed the beautiful "Falls Park," found ourselves breathless and winded on the trek up toward the State Penitentiary peak, and wove ourselves down and around the airport and industrial part of the city with a final stretch on the backside of the zoo bringing us into contact with Buffalo and Rhino.
The word sensational would be inadequate for this adventure.
But the best part is still to come:
Upon hitting our 15 mile mark and descending deliciously down from the peak of the Penitentiary, the rains began to fall ... and not the gentle kind.
A torrential downpour was ours for the final five miles of the ride; the kind of rain that suggests the possibility of hail but kindly holds back.
The kind of rain that purges, cleanses, and rejuvenates; soaking into the clothes and seeping into the entire body. The kind of rain where water is sloshing out like gullets from the shoes and squeaking sounds are transmitted through soaked clothing and combined body movement.
We were out in the open with the airfield to our left and the Big Sioux to our right and sandwiched somewhere deliciously in-between.
Mmmm ...
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I held my face up, felt the rain, and my entire body rejoiced.
Deliciously drenched!
It felt so intoxicatingly good that I almost didn't want to get home.
 While my husband might beg to differ on the defining of enjoyment, he admitted a small pleasure in my childlike delight and found my joy contagiously appealing.
And so we laughed together, we two, in the rain and for a moment held hands and peddled.
We returned to the comforts of home, enjoyed a long hot shower, put on warm dry clothes, and ate buttery popcorn and watched a movie.
And I think we might've enjoyed ... the best ride ever!
The contrasts of temps and weather changes experienced on our 20 mile ride were of the dramatic and extraordinary kind, and isn't this generally what creates an everlasting memory?
Full sensory involvement plus complete energy investment.
Yes, I think so.
In being deliciously drenched together, we enjoyed an unforgettable and priceless memory together and with more to come ... though Scot says it won't be tomorrow. Ha.
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By changing one little letter and transferring "Hiking" to "Biking," our mode of transportation changed and we were given a new lens and an unforgettable experience.
Our small investment in bikes has already paid off and proven wise.
Climatic contrasts usher in climactic results of the most memorable kind ... and now they are ours.
Let the rains fall.
Deliciously drenched!
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"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
-Helen Keller