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.”
reflecting while exploring
“the way we experience the world around us is a direct reflection of the world within us.”
june 2022 – oakland county, michigan, usa
the kinder drew
‘the longest line in the world’
and that’s pretty long.
“every single line means something.”
* 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”
what an honor to receive a homemade chocolate cupcake donut pancake cake!
“we only have so long to play in the dirt and ask questions of rivers.”
on my frequent walks to the river
each time passing this sign
i wondered –
often someone chopping wood
putting up canoes, cooking outside
peaceful communal living
until i learned the intriguing backstory
the amazing spirit of this society.
Society of Les Voyageurs
As the oldest continually active student group on the University of Michigan campus (founded in 1907), the Society of Les Voyageurs upholds a long-standing tradition of convening over the love for nature and the out of doors. The Society owns a cabin on the Huron River just north of downtown called Habe Mills Pine Lodge that was built in 1927 to house the Society, its activities, as well as those members who choose to live there. The group also hosts potluck dinners every Sunday at 6pm, followed by a program from a professor or a community member pertaining to learning more about the out of doors. The group is known to embark occasionally on casual outings such as hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, caving, cross-country skiing, etc.
*”si le voyageur n’espere rien, il ne verra ce que voient les yeux.”
-eric-emmanuel schmitt (franco-belgian playwright, novelist, film director)
*(If the traveler does not hope for anything, he will only see what the eyes see.)
argo park, ann arbor, michigan, usa – april 2021
grandie j and friends have been busy building a bunker fort
every digging tool, even the snow shovel, is in play
lots of work and fun ahead.
“hold the fort! i am coming!”
-william tecumseh sherman
got these for my grandies
soon to set off for a camping trip
on manitou island
where they’ll have only whatever they can carry in
this utensil will help to take care of at least 4 things
knife, fork, spoon, and ?
“every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article
designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from very simple beginnings.”