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Nature School :: The Old Haunt

We went to Grindstone Campground this past Thursday for our Nature School time.  I came of age in this place, though not in the dramatic movie/novel sort of way.  I spent my college Summers here working as an interpreter and it's a place I know very well.  My life shifted from high school to the life I know now over the four years I worked there.  It was an interesting time, one that I reflect on and that remains poignant even as other years fade together.

Music Practice

So, the children waded in the cement pond fed by the mountain stream and I practiced the flute.  It's our routine now, I suppose.  I play and they play.

On the Rock

After awhile, we traded for dry clothes and walked on the Whispering Waters Trail.  I led so many hikes on this little half-mile loop.  It was different to walk it with my own children and they saw the old places differently than I did.


One such spot was some large rocks.  They just went right up to the top, so much more adventurous than me.  I would always just walk by and admire their size.  As I see Willow shift away from early childhood, I want to keep that feeling of adventure alive in her, giving balance to her life.  I think next year will be the year to go camping and have the children carry a few necessities in their backpacks.


I think we'll come back before November, when they close for the Winter.  I alawys spent late-Spring and Summer here, so it will be nice to see things after the leaves have come down.  I'm so glad that Nature School is really becoming a regular part of our homeschool week.  It's wonderfully refreshing for me (and the children!).

The Trio


( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )
Sep. 11th, 2016 04:17 pm (UTC)
That is wonderful, that Nature School is a part of your routine. I know what you mean about taking your children places that are "yours." I experience the same sorts of things... all of my memories, and their fresh eyes. Such nice photos you took. That bottom one is adorable! - Stacey
Sep. 15th, 2016 10:23 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's a classic. :-)
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Sep. 16th, 2016 12:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I love it, too.
( 4 trees — 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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