There was a trail. There was a large body of water to follow along aside. The kids were in their element. They were alternately running ahead to the next new find and creeping with stealthy precision in order to keep from scaring that very find away. Be it bee, butterfly, or snake they were captured by all the little wonders. As were we adults.
At one moment I had to stop, close my eyes, and take a deep breath. I was overwhelmed by all of the sights, sounds and smells. Overwhelmed in all the best ways. It was just the dose of nature's medicine I needed. We all needed.
: The snake was a garter. And yes, we had to stop the girl from trying to catch it. Now that we are in venomous snake country we are trying to break the snake catching habit!
: The mud nests are cliff swallow nests. They are currently unoccupied. That is the only reason we got up so close.
: We spotted a wasp carrying what looked to be a paralyzed caterpillar across the ground. Amazing.
: There was much life along the trail but also death, a dead mouse and the evidence of a mallard eaten. We are very straight forward with the kids about death and talk often of the cycle of life while honoring the dead.
: This is a very popular spot for fly fishing. There are no motorized boats allowed. While we saw many fisher folk they were so very quite!
: This trail is the San Juan River Trail in Simon Canyon below Navajo Dam.
Hiking is by far our favorite way to connect with each other and with nature. The time we spend together outside sharing, learning, and relating to the world around us is priceless.
What do you do with your family to connect?