If you see me walking around my neighborhood, you’ll find my with my headset in. I’m either talking on the phone or grooving to 1980s cardio music on Pandora. When I hike, however, I am out to be with nature (and avoid the gym!) so I leave the headset at home.
When I first started hiking, I was under the impression that nature was quiet. That was quickly dispelled. Not only do boots walking on rocky trails make noise, there are always birds singing (or sounding the alarm), various critters scurrying in the underbrush, and the sound of wind whipping through the plant life.
While it is far from quiet, it is definitely relaxing. Since hiking is a solo activity for me (despite the signs warning of mountain lions, rattle snakes, and poison oak – not that a hiking partner could help with the latter), it is one of the few times in my life when I have no desire to speak. I am simply in the moment … or at least in my own little world.
The fact that nature is loud was drilled into me the last time I went to the beach. Holy cow! Surf, even when it is not much to look at, can be deafening.
All of this got me wondering about quiet places. The Googles showed me that there is a quiet room that is -9.4 decibels. I don’t know that I’d like it to be so quiet that I can hear my blood pump or food digesting.
The record for lasting in the room is 45 minutes. You’d think it could make for an excellent place to sleep; I’m guessing, though, that the sound of blood pumping becomes too deafening to allow that to happen.
Where do you go to get away from man-made sounds? or How good does the quiet room sound to you?