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In Praise of Rainy Days on Shelter Island

June 22nd, 2009

Even on a rainy day the view from the Pridwin deck is beautiful....and exceptionally peaceful.

Even on a rainy day the view from the Pridwin deck is beautiful....and exceptionally peaceful.

As we move through what everyone is saying will be a rainfall record-breaker June, we did not have to look far to find the silver lining. No, it’s not that rain everyday gives us something we can all agree to complain about. It’s simpler than that. People just move more slowly. And that’s not a bad thing, when you’re on vacation.

When the sun is shining, many folks find themselves stressing out on how to get it all in. Should we take the bike ride first? Or go kayaking? Or play tennis? When will we just relax by the pool? For the type-A vacationer, sunny days can be downright stressful. And while exercise no doubt helps work out the stress we are looking to shed on our holidays, there is a lot to be said about a rainy day, when you are just forced to relax, kickback, read a book, to listen and watch the rainfall.

This weekend on Shelter Island was the annual 10K race and we had many runners staying at the Pridwin. I felt good for them on Sunday the day after the race, figuring what could be better than a rainy day after a big run. They could just relax and not feel guilty. But that was my projection on some. I can’t tell you how many guests I saw walking around with wet t-shirts after a run in the rain. I am not a real runner and would much prefer to relax on a rainy day, but I guess there’s a lot to be said about a run in the rain as well.

GP

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