I am finding a balance of enjoying my quiet time and getting some stuff done. Yesterday I did yoga in the morning, went blueberry picking with a friend and her kiddos, hiked around Castle Rock by myself, baked a peach-cherry-ginger crisp, and sorted through some of the clutter in my living room. Today I relaxed, spent some time in the garden, and now I'd like to sort through the month's photos and catch up on the blog a bit. So, here goes!
picnicking by the Wisconsin River
beginning an epic day hike into Parfrey's Glen
hiking in and playing by the creek
hiking into the gorge and searching for fairies
playing with my camera's aperture setting on the cascades
ferns with spiders
a restful moment
a helpful sister
portrait by a fellow hiker
(We had the exact same camera and swapped each other a mini-photo shoot!)
I like the way that having the kids in the picture gives it a sense of scale.
sweet (tired) sisters hiking out
the sight of a playful deer to end our day
Aaaaaaah (long, satisfied sigh), that hike was pure bliss!
For me, taking kids on an adventurous day hike (without melt-downs) is all about preparation. Knowing which types of poisonous plants (or animals) to look out for, carrying plenty of water and snacks and supplies, letting each person hike at a pace that is sustainable for them . . . these considerations can make or break an outing for us. Oftentimes during our hike at Parfrey's Glen, one or more child would hike ahead or stay back and take a break. We just stayed within ear shot (for the older girls) and kept a buddy along if going ahead out of sight for awhile. This doesn't mean there'll never be a meltdown, but it makes it less likely especially if the kids have a wide range of ages and stamina. Never underestimate the power of a pair of dry socks or a bag of sweet cherries to avert a potential freak out situation.
Being in nature and opening our senses to the natural world is so centering and grounding and awe-inspiring. I love to be able to share this with my kiddos!