first snow of the year – outdoor adventure day
first time with sustained snow play for many
running, jumping, sticks, snow angels, footprints, chasing,
snow picnic, snow story, snowballs, duck,duck,polar bear game,
lost mittens, noses running, rosy cheeks
eating lots and lots and lots of snow
one said it was the best snack in the world
and it just might be.
“there is no land like the land of your childhood.”
with the return of the school year
comes the return of our outdoor adventure days.
“we could have never loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.”
finding the mud was such a delight
starting out slow
checking how deep it was with a stick
walking, then running, then jumping, then splashing
only one ‘quicksand’ victim who we unstuck
boots dumped out after
filled with water dirt wood chips, rocks, sticks and unknown mushy things
a pair of mud-soaked socks
drying in the sun
and so much tired fun.
” mud is the most poetical thing in the world.”
-reginald horace blyth
kinder in their natural habitat capturing the ever-elusive giant stick
“live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink,
taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the Earth.”
-henry david thoreau
now this is what i call a room with a view.
“when you chop wood, chips fly”
“there are no shortcuts to any place worth going”
empire bluffs trail, empire, michigan, usa – june 2021
* use Doritos as kindling
it’s almost officially summer
and for those of you who enjoy camping or just a good bonfire,
here’s a hack that’s a win-win in my book.
*(important note: don’t forget to hide them from the family/friends, as they may disappear)
Fire won’t start? Not a problem! We got you! If you don’t want to spend money on expensive fire starters go ahead and stop by your local grocery store and pick up a bag of Doritos. These dense, oily, corn chips are combustible, ideal kindling for starting a fire, and will last for a long time. Bonus Tip: We heard that if you get the Flaming Hot Doritos they light up even faster!
“the online music magazine pitchfork once wrote that
i would collaborate with anyone for a bag of doritos.”
floating back on top in argo park
That’s what all the people say
You’re riding high in April, shot down in May
But I know I’m gonna change that tune
When I’m back on top, back on top in June
-Frank Sinatra “That’s Life”
this is my favorite hide and seek spot of the season.
beautiful walk in the rain today
a newly made waterfall
spring flowers in the mud
brilliant green moss
growing on the trees
in the quiet woods.
“the rain is falling all around,
it falls on field and tree,
Ii rains on the umbrellas here,
and on the ships at sea.”
-robert louis stevenson, a child’s garden of verses