Had a beautiful hike early this morning with my favorite hiking buddy, my beloved wife, Lee. It was overcast and we felt certain it might rain so we decided on one of the shorter trail. It was rather cool which made it nice. One problem though. We didn’t realize today must be “National Don’t Wear A Shirt Even If You’re A Bit Pudgy Like Rick Day” so we had a little trouble keeping our trail mix down.
One old shirtless codger did seem to score. We let him pass us and pretended to view birds in the distance (which weren’t there) but he still attempted to get our, well Lee’s attention to no avail.
He found his mate up ahead about a ¼ of a mile and they traveled the rest of the trail together. We immediately smelled the scent of deer musk and didn’t know if it was the happy new couple or a real deer which we see more often than “Shirtless Senior Dating”.
It may sound funny, but it is a bit horrifying. I say not judgmentally as I have mirrors in my home and they scream “Wear a shirt outside Rick…You’re no longer 25). I guess not everyone has such mirrors. But it means someone(s) hooked up, and, all sarcasm aside, that can be a good thing.
FYI, hiking shirtless in the warm or hot summer at any age is socially acceptable as it is not yelling, “Look at me, I’m available”. It’s hot outside and people don’t want to be uncomfortable. But hiking shirtless in weather like this truly compromises the immune system.
Lee and I took a few photos of the beautiful leaves changing and that was fun. We picked up our bottled water and came home.
I promised myself I was going to write on my book, design some gifts, write a blog or two and maybe some cartoons. This time I did all of the above, with my shirt on, and that was a good thing. Oh and I took a nap. When I was younger I never used to take naps.
I think that is one of the wonderful things about getting older. One can take a mid-afternoon nap with nobody asking, “Do you not feel good”? or “Can I get something for you?” They expect it. After all I’m an old codger….with a shirt. And I just hiked. I deserved a nap. And got it.
Now I’m awake, laying on the carpet watching the game munching on kale chips. If someone saw me now, they’d have a difficult time keeping their food down. Glad Lee already ate. 🙂
Rick London is an author, cartoonist and designer. He is best known for launching Google’s #1 offbeat cartoons and funny gifts Londons Times Cartoons. He is married to nature/wildlife photographer Lee Hiller-London (Lee Hiller) of Hike Our Planet.