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Mountain Views

As part of our plan for Forest Kindergarten, we took to the woods twice this past week. One trip was to the lake, which was, well, lush with poison ivy. I spent a lot of the time keeping the children out of it. Mark that trail off as one to skip.  Our second hike was on Whitetop, which was decidedly free of poison ivy. That is the difference between established wild places and ones that are relatively new (the park is 80 years old).

Whitetop Spruce

We visited the spruce trees.  They're putting out their new growth presently.

Climbing

Roan did a little climibing and the children built a pretend fire.

Calyptra

I watched the moss reproduce.

They also took me on a jaunt down the hill which was much longer coming up than going down.  Roan and Willow climbed on big rocks and begged to walk down to Buzzard Rock again.  I had to decline this time, but I suppose I won't be able to hold them off again.

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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