Get Out There

Get out there

Remember a few weeks ago when I had a post all written up about gratitude and nature and then Fire Fox decided to quit on me and I lost everything? Well, I finally got around to rewriting it!

The sun on my face. The sound of the river trickling over rocks. The smell of leaves, dirt and fresh air. To quote Incubus – In this moment, I am happy.

I sit on a large rock, in the middle of a river, basking in the early September sunshine. I feel a huge sense of gratitude. Gratitude for the beauty that surrounds me but more importantly that I get to see this. I started to think about how many people will never have this opportunity. How many people have never stopped to appreciate the beauty that is nature.

As Ron and the kids pile rocks on top of rocks to make a small dam, I start to wonder how many children will never get to see this? Are my kids’ the lucky ones who do? I’m not talking about global warming and how “the wild” is no longer becoming the wild – that’s an entirely different subject. I’m talking about kids who never experience nature because their parents don’t take them out in it or because they are too wrapped up in technology. How many of their classmates have had experiences like this?

Little hikers |

Growing up, my family spent a lot of time outside. My parents made it a point to show us experiences in nature. It was common place for us to be in the woods or at a lake during any season throughout the year. Our family trips mostly involved camping. We even spent a whole summer driving across the northern U.S., through Canada and into Alaska. I still remember details from that trip like it was yesterday even though it was almost 30 years ago. At times I hated our family trips. Why couldn’t we be like all my friends who vacationed at fancy resorts? Now I look back and am so thankful for those experiences. I’ve seen some things in nature that others never will.

Carins |

I will be the first one to admit that I love my technology. As sad as it is to say this, my phone is glued to my hand most of the time. Spending time outside and ultimately going to a place where there is no cell service, makes it easier to remove all the technology that dominates my life. We think we are staying connected by staring at screens, when in reality, we are more disconnected than ever. When I get out there, it’s the perfect time to be present, to breathe and to observe the beauty that is all around. No filter needed. Although I do like to enhance my Insta pics just a bit.

After spending the day splashing in the water and exploring the trails, we make the drive back home. Both of my kids are drunk on sunshine and fresh air. They chatter about building a dam, swimming, catching a frog and all the other adventures from the day. Then my son says, “This was the best day ever. Thank you Mama and Daddy.

Heart melted.

Further proof that it’s experiences, not material things, that kids will remember for a lifetime.

12 comments on “Get Out There

  1. Absolutely 100% YES! We are also lucky we live in a place where there are tons of trails less then 10 minutes away. We have had some of our very best days just being outside together and exploring. We also hope to one summer take an RV, cross-country trip with the boys and visit some National Parks!
    Love these pictures and makes me want to be back in Lake Winni!!!
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  2. I love this! I grew up the same way and was always outside…we lived on a few acres of property and I was always playing in our creek, exploring our woods, or helping my parents do yard work or garden. Even now, we still plan outdoor activities to do together like hike, bike, or explore the outdoors! I feel very lucky that I was and am still able to enjoy nature. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  3. I love this! I also grew up in nature, got wrapped up in sports in high school and college, but have found my way back to it regularly in the past few years! I start jonesing if I go a few days in a row without getting on the trails somehow with my phone on airplane mode (girl still has to take pictures! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).
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  4. I love this! I live in Alaska and I’m constantly thinking the same things you are. Although I don’t have any children, I’m always saying to my husband that we are getting to see and do things that most people will never get to experience. Nature is seriously awesome, and it’s great that I’m able to get out into it so easily here in Anchorage! Congrats on being an awesome mom and taking your kids outdoors ๐Ÿ™‚
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