A day at a boulder beach spa
Aug 18, 5pm, Cypress Lake Campground
Today's vignette: "a day at a boulder beach spa" (based on real life experiences at High Dump and Storm Haven)
You arrive needing a spa experience. Tired, sweaty and sore from the trail. Areas needing special attention: aching, blistered feet, tired lower back, stiff quads, shoulders and neck.
First, an initial cleansing. Remove everything: pack, boots and crusty socks and all clothing (except a pair of water sandals). Run gleefully into the water. It's cold, but refreshing -- perfect for a trail-heated body. Swollen feet and fingers return to their normal size, the body to its normal temperature. In windy weather, enjoy the waves as they splash against the ledges and the great squares of Dolomite that fell from the escarpment eons ago. In calm weather, float on the gently rising and falling water. Listen for the loons as they call out to each other. Turn and look at the escarpment towering above the beach, fading in the distance, point after point, overhang after overhang.
When you've cleansed the trail dirt from your tired body, come and lie on the Lynne Stone, a slab of soft white limestone that's cool to the touch, even in the warm afternoon sun. Choose a soft, rounded stone that fits in your hand. Rub it along tired muscles, focusing on upper legs, shoulders and neck. Use it to gently massage your face and remaining sore muscles. Lay it on swollen insect bites and feel its gentle, cool weight soothe away the itchiness and heat.
Lie quietly on the rock, stretching as needed and sharing the deliciousness of the moment with your hiking comrades.
Later, cook your dinner and eat it on the beach. Watch the stunning show of the sunset as the escarpment changes from white to pink to purple to grey. Lie on a rock after dinner and watch the stars come out. Count shooting stars. Sip good scotch from a metal flask, enjoy some chocolate.
Fall asleep to the sound of the water on the beach and the wind in the trees, a cool breeze coming in the open tent. Dream of tomorrow's adventures.