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Cookout with Smokey

We had a picnic at Comer's Rock yesterday to celebrate Country Flag Day.  There was talk of camping, but the weather looked wet.  So, we had a fire and leisure and hamburgers without the tent.  The weather is super dry and hot--the rain must be slow in coming!

Smokey's Place

It seemed fitting that we take along the Smokey salt and pepper shakers to season our food.  We sang his song, too, to celebrate.  Call it our form of patriotism.  I pledge allegiance to the trees and to the forests in which they stand. . .

Fire in the Chimney

We made a fire in a very old chimney by the shelter.  It helped to keep the bugs away and got the children interested in collecting sticks of various sizes.  We pretended a little path in the woods led to our coppice.  Roan told me it was my ranger work, and that I can still do ranger things, even though I'm not one any more.


The children played Roxaboxen on the many rocks around the campground.  Roan would put down his head, Willow would knock with a stick, and they would all visit.  Laurel's house was right next door to Roan's.  I used a hollow stump for my big soup cauldron.  It is fun to play.


For now, we are having a fairly quiet holiday. The children have challenged me to put on my bathing suit (the first in seven years!) and run through the sprinkler with them. The neighbors are gone, so I think I'll do it!


( 1 tree — Plant a Forest )
Jul. 5th, 2016 12:34 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a very nice time, full of so much creative play an fun. I like the bit about the coppice! The Smokey the Bear shakers are great! :) - 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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