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Nature School :: The Road

We spent our nature school time this week on a little side road, one that Mike and I cut wood on in 2007.  How much has changed!  It was less than a year later that Willow was born.  Mike often talks about our time before children with great nostalgia, but I am beginning to feel like they've always been here with us.  The woods, though they change and trees rot away, are a source of comfort and stability, which has been a help to me lately.

Rich Valley

Here's the view of the top of the mountain before we came back down.

On a Log

We followed a deer trail up a steep hillside.
This log was one of the few places to hang out with out sliding away!

When Mary Goes Walking

I practiced my flute, as always.
My books got a regular sprinkling of bark and leaves from the children climbing and tumbling by.

Building a Den

Roan and Willow worked on a den for a little while.
There was even a timber lot.  It's easy to find lots of dead wood.

In the Tree

Roan did a little climbing.
Later, he made a slide through a rhododendron thicket.
He showed us how a simple piece of land has endless possibilities.

Blaze of Color

These trees!  So rejuvenating in their last blast before sleeping.

The Road

I'd love to walk on this road some more. Maybe I can sneak in a little alone time for a hike this weekend.

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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