Walking in the woods is wonderful. But eventually, it can get boring–putting one foot in front of the other, slogging up a mountain or down the other side. What is a teen to do when she wants a little fun?
Daughter has a new appreciation for critters. It can be entertaining to add “words” to the bird sounds we hear. And hopping toads are fun to watch. Even insects (the most common critters we see) can be intriguing to watch as they wander through our camp or across our path. Spiderweb spotting is another favorite pastime for daughter.
We brought a few art supplies and we sing many songs together. We read bits of poetry out loud from our kindle. A favorite right now is “Song of the Yukon” by Robert Service. (You can read it HERE.) These final lines are quite applicable to our journey:
It’s the forests where silence has lease;
It’s the beauty that thrills me with wonder,
It’s the stillness that fills me with peace.
Whenever we have extra time at a shelter (by hiking quickly or covering a shorter distance), daughter practices her favorite activity: SWORD-FIGHTING! Yep, her hiking staff becomes a lethal sword and she is the (s)hero of the hour.