Friday, February 26, 2010

Never thought....

.....that I would have to embark on this adventure without my trusted companion, Sophie. She was 14 years old, and simply the best cocker spaniel that ever lived. OK, maybe that's an exaggeration and I am biased, but that just how it is. I really loved having her at the cabin; she was a good excuse to get out and wander through the woods and her exuberance for fish was a sight to behold.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Snow. again.

I have to be honest, I am not thrilled about the impending snowstorm. Even the thought of a four day weekend doesn't do it for me. For me, a worrier, the snowstorm only gives me the opportunity to worry about so much more; power outages, leaky roofs, car accidents; you get the picture. I wish I could go back to how I felt about snowstorms as a child; sheer joy and boundless energy to careen down hills and trudge back up again over and over and over.... I think I may try that approach tomorrow and see how it feels. Will I be able to recapture the magic I felt years ago?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Family Nature Summits

If you are interested in an incredible nature filled family adventure, check out Family Nature Summits. It's a great way to vacation with a family; the kids have an action-packed program with their peers, while adults get to choose from a variety of amazing nature and adventure programs. If you'd like more information feel free to contact me; I've been on 9 of these programs around the country!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Pleasures of Girl Scout Camp

When I was growing up, in my dingy, depressing little coal mining town, I didn't have a lot of opportunities for truly being in the woods and in nature. Unless, of course, you count playing on the humongous piles of coal known as culm banks. I don't think they count. Then I went to Girl Scout Camp. What a difference! I learned how to fly from a rope swing into the river, cook almost anything over a fire (including wonderful bread and pizza, I might add), sleep in front of a crackling fire all night long, and tie random pieces of rope into thousands of useful knots. But the BEST was the singing around the campfire. We must have learned hundreds of songs, some silly of course, but most reflecting how we all felt about nature and it's beauties. I'll add some of these songs occasionally into this blog so you can get a sense of how wonderful they are.


OK. So I am 51. And I love being in nature and having adventures but I don't seem to do it near enough. I'm going to chronicle my efforts to bring nature back into my life, and become the "nature girl" I was years ago. I always thought I'd be living in a cabin somewhere, chopping wood, whitewater canoeing, cooking meals over a fire. Well, instead, I am a suburban mom, science teacher, recovering attorney, who gets out into nature on occasion. That's simply not acceptable. So here goes......