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Christmas in the Forest

Christmas Berries

I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer.

Jack O' Log

Nature in her green, tranquil woods heals and soothes all afflictions.

Dripping Sap

~John Muir

Mike Nichols

It has been unnaturally warm lately. I know I have lamented that a time or two. But really, unnaturally warm.  I have been waiting for the cold weather to come to stay for more than a month now.  I suppose that is an El Nino year, but they get me all bent out of shape.  I'd put a lot of energy into making sure the children all had warm clothes for the Winter and there's that parka I got for Christmas and, sigh.  Oh, well.  We'll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not.

And that's what we did yesterday.  We went out in search of transcendental moments.  We drove from Skull's Gap to Hurricane and looked for Christmas in the balmy, bare forest.  It was 64° F at the lowest point.  The children ran around without hats or sweaters.  The roads were flooded and muddy.  Everything was squishy.  It was fun, though, and we all had a good time.  There were berries to eat and races to run and luxurious moss and lichen.  We got to see the old poison ivy vines that have given Mike and Roan so much trouble for the past two weeks.  Yes, it was good to get out.

This is the time of year to begin feeling more deliberate and, if it's going to be warm or un-snowy, I really want to make the most of it.  I'll admit that I am pleased to see the forecast showing 30's and 40's later in the week.  Either way, I've spent far too much time inside in the past few months.  Time to change that.


( 1 tree — Plant a Forest )
Dec. 29th, 2015 03:48 am (UTC)
It has been weirdly warm here, too - it's finally starting to feel like winter, after the Great Flood of 2015. It's just hard to get in that Christmas mood when you can wear shorts! - Stacey
( 1 tree — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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