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There have been a few posts lately, admittedly of a preachy nature, outlining steps we can take to become more environmentally friendly.  In one of these posts, I’d commented on recent stats suggesting that American (and no doubt Canadian) kids spend 90% of their time indoors.  Motivated in part by this sorry state of affairs, Nick and I took to the woods this past weekend on what turned out to be a marathon canoe trip.

It was a beautiful sunny day, and we paddled for what seemed like an eternity into the wilderness.  OK, it’s not like we live in the Yukon, where there’s real, big W wilderness.   There’s probably more wild stuff going on at the local Walmart.  But at least we did get away from civilization and created an opportunity to commune with nature.  There were no Hughie Seniors here, wild eyed and white haired (see post #108).  Our human encounters this time were limited to a few other kayakers and canoeists, calmly paddling away, their faces pictures of contentment.  I lost count of the number of times Nick commented on how nice it was to be out there, and on the beauty of the surroundings.  By the end of the day, he had become determined to find a place to build a log cabin and get away from it all.  There are definitely shades of me in that boy!

Hard to believe from a 10 year old whom, hours before, had been fully engrossed in Minecraft, or another of his 50 computer games.   It seems clear to me that it comes down to providing kids the opportunity to explore new things.  Pull them from what they know and cast them into what they don’t, and its amazing how their minds broaden to adapt. We are currently planning our next adventure.  The next one, so I’m told, involving a night in the woods.  Now, if I could only get Chloe out there.  Alas, I am a realist, but this won’t stop me from trying!

Have a great few days!


P.s. A few shots attached…