Today was an absolutely lovely day. I prevailed upon some good friends and tagged along on their nature walk among the redwoods in Oakland today. DS and DD came along while DH stayed home and relaxed a bit and watched the football playoffs. DS enjoyed seeing all the dogs, running after my friend’s husband, playing on playgrounds, and walking under immense redwood trees.

We are so lucky to live in an area where such amazing nature and beauty (and tiring activities such as walking amongst such wonders) are less than an hour’s drive away. I am so grateful to good friends and nature!

It got me thinking again, though, that I am remiss in not taking DS and DD out to the woods or camping or all these scoutish activities. There is something to be said to be connected to this earth and to realize that there are things out there beyond our technology. I want my children to be connected to their environment – beyond the pristine parks of our neighborhoods. I want them to know awe and beauty and find this world worth being within and appreciating and protecting.

I want to do this again (but am a bit afraid to go by myself). So, I will attach myself like a barnacle to my friends who are much more into this than I am. (clearly)

Yay for friends with divergent interests and infinite patience!

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