WAR EAGLE CREEK ~ JULY 11, 2018
Hi friends! Today I want to share how our family has been making nature walks happen in these sweltering, muggy, dog days of summer….or should I say, how my HUSBAND has been making nature walks happen…because let’s be honest here, the times we’ve managed to venture out and explore any new place this summer have been motivated by him. As much as I’m committed to getting my girls out and as much as I love and need to be outside myself, this summer heat has about done me in! I’m so thankful that Charlie loves to teach our daughters about nature and that he sees the value in getting outside and discovering new things.
Our first family nature walk happened on July 11th. We went to a place not too far from our house that none of us had ever visited before. We were the only ones there, and we went later in the day to avoid some of the heat. It was truly a beautiful place! Full disclosure: this creek was adjacent to a cow pasture, and we dodged evidence of said cows on our short walk to the water. Our noses told us that cows did, in fact, frequent the area. Don’t let the pictures fool you…we were in farm country and we knew it!
We set up some camp chairs, Charlie broke out his fishing pole, and the girls set off to find some treasures. I brought my camera and snapped a few shots in between corralling Merryn and making sure she didn’t walk too far into the creek. The dried-up part of the creek bed was full of driftwood, interesting rocks, and baby frogs (toads?). It was hard to tell if our new friends were frogs or toads, so if you have any tips on identifying babies to share, please pass them along!
Molly dammed up a few areas for her amphibious friends in futile hopes of keeping them caught; she then decided to draw them in the small notebook she brought from home. Merryn delighted in wading into the cool water of the creek. Charlie caught a fish or two. I listened to a bullfrog’s echoing call bounce off the surrounding cliffs and watched my family soak up the last bit of sunlight. Even with the cow smell all around us (you get used to it after a while), it was pretty magical.
“We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things.”
~ Charlotte Mason ~