“So come, get ready. Don’t delay! We’re on a nature trail today.”
~Maurice Pledger, from In The Forest
For the most part, December 2015 was in the 50’s here in upstate NY, we didn’t even have a white Christmas. Snow fell about a week before the holiday, but then quickly melted off. The end of the month brought colder temps and some snow that stuck, and the kids insisted that we get out and play.
Much of the beginning of the month we spent inside even though it was warm. I had to go on an overnight trip to Vermont for work and it took me a good week to recuperate. The highs and lows of the season and the separation and anxiety over money and work were also affecting me. I wish I could say that things were starting to even out, but they are not.
The end of the month brought some renewed hope as I had an interview that I felt some positive energy towards, and it upped my energy towards homeschooling as well, and the kids and I got outside a number of times.
Elizabeth found this old tree stump and called it her new Thinking Spot in the woods while my mom and I were out raking the last of the leaves while the weather was nice. During the summer months the kids are not allowed to play in the actual woods because Lyme disease is extremely prevalent in our area and two of the three times this year that I made exceptions we found ticks on us, but even though the weather has been warm, I think that it’s safe for us to wander around. This stump had some neat patterns to the bark, and the sun was at just the right angle to get a neat photograph.
We returned to the trail with the covered bridge one day just before Christmas, and Paul got ahold of the camera. Interestingly, he took some good pictures, and I found this one of an oak leaf on the ground intriguing with it’s detail.
Also on the trail with the covered bridge, we encountered the fallen log that the kids like to climb across, it’s actually 2 or 3 trees that grew together and so has a lot of trunk for them to balance on. It wasn’t as wet and slippery this time, and I let them climb up and down it, trusting their bodies and getting to know the tree intimately.
Lastly, a few days after Christmas the snow came and stuck, and since the kids had used up all of their new toys (just kidding), we decided to get out and get some fresh air. Paul decided that he wanted to walk on the road, so we went down all the way down to the second row of hay bales, and then walked back up. The road is much steeper than it looks, but they did ok since we went slow. I admit that I refused to carry anybody!
Share your thoughts: What are some neat things you saw this December on your nature walks?