Monday, June 8, 2020

Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge

I keep telling Sam it feels like I am in a weird time warp.
Every day seems to crawl by aimlessly,
but it feels like everything froze when all this started in March, so I simultaneously find myself totally surprised that it is already mid-June.
Quarantine+pregnancy+insomnia+summer in Memphis has been a very weird combination for me
and has led to my feeling very agitated much of the time.
Every day I feel aimless and like we are just killing time until life begins again. I feel stuck, somehow, and I feel a great need to do something that gives me a feeling of progress and accomplishment.

One thing that has led to has been collecting lots of baby clothes. Somehow preparing for the baby helps me feel like I'm moving forward and brings me a measure of peace. I love thrifting, so I will sometimes run to Goodwill while Maxwell and Benson are sleeping and leave the oldest three at home (Sam is still working from home), and I have scored lots of good finds there. I've also found so many amazing deals online--lots of stores have crazy online deals going on since they have been closed for in-store shopping! The other day I bought a baby dress from Old Navy for about $1.50! Add to that Facebook marketplace...well, let's just say that this little girl already has 16 pairs of shoes from sizes 1-3.

Obviously I needed another outlet besides endless purchases of baby clothes. :)
So, in addition to a bunch of projects I have on my radar at home,
I decided that I would plan one adventure for every week of Summer.
It's taking a bit more creativity since a lot of public places are still closed,
but I am determined to get out and explore instead of wishing our days away at home.
I guess I'm not as much of a homebody as I thought!

Last week's adventure was at the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge, which is located about 45 minutes from our home. It was hard to get a good feel for it online and I had never been myself, so I figured we would take a shot in the dark and give it a try.
It ended up being pretty lame, BUT it took us away from the house for a whole morning and that alone made the trip worthwhile to me!

We saw dozens of turtles and a few kinds of birds, but other than that the only wildlife we saw were tons and TONS of bugs...especially spiders. On the docks, spiders had built their webs in between every single post on the rail!
It would have been a lot more fun if there had been trails to walk around, but the only trail was about 1/8 of a mile long. I guess the main attraction was the road that went around the refuge, which we could drive along as we tried to spot wildlife.
Maybe we'll come back sometime and attempt to ride our bikes around that loop.
Maybe it's more fun during bird migration season?

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