Several weeks ago, my cousin had invited my brother and I, along with our other cousins and some of his friends, to celebrate his birthday over at a lake park on the other side of town. With that weekend being the calm before the storm-- finals week-- I had been reluctant to attend, nether the less join everyone as they went off to play at a nearby basketball court.
Besides our party group, there were several other families, along with young children, in the area, with kids clamoring all over the playground equipment and adults mumbling away in the bushes. As I tried to recreate a diagram of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in my head, I would be interrupted by shrill screams.
When everyone insisted on going hiking through one of the trails, however, I made the decision to join them. I had already been stuck there for two hours attempting to study-- how could it hurt to walk for a while?