It's amazing how oppressed one can feel when it's hot and muggy. The world moves slower, time seems to inch along. I feel weighed down, sluggish when it's hot; I have a heart time motivating myself to move a bit more quickly, to do a bit more even when I have more time to do it in. It's the effect of summer: the body is not meant to do a lot when it's hot and is meant to rest and relax poolside or take a nap.
Yesterday, halfway through South Dakota, the air cooled off to 64 degrees. Clad in shorts and a tank top, I was actually a bit chilly as we walked around during a rest stop and later when we stopped for dinner. L and I both felt our spirits lift; not only were we on the way to visit family, but we were freed from the leaden heat.
Today, we arrived in Bozeman where we'll be staying for the next week. Our little cottage is cozy; we are near L's fam and we have spacious accommodations. L and I have commandeered the downstairs for our own little space while the in-laws have the upstairs bedroom, so we each have our own little space in the house.
Tomorrow, I'm heading out for a 12 mile run where I'll explore the town a bit (and hopefully not get lost!), then we're off to the mountains for the day to fish and hike and cookout. I will take photos and post regularly while we're here. :)