Get Outside

thorncrag tall trees

According to the calendar it's spring. Of course we've had snow most every day this week but it melts. Bless its soul. As far as I know snow does not have a soul but you know what I mean.

For the last couple of weeks I've taken the kids on a little hike one afternoon each week. We did the same loop each time and it's amazing the difference some warm weather can make in melting the piles of snow. 

snowy park bench

I took these photos last week. I'm sure if we returned today there would be much less snow. I should be out there, in the woods, testing that theory. Instead my butt is parked in this chair so I can write about getting outdoors. 

The truth is - life is very, very busy right now. I know everyone uses this excuse for inactivity and so today I join the everyone.

Some days I can barely keep my head on straight. Renovations, packing, financial planning, personal and professional development (ie: getting ready to earn an income from home), meals, correspondence, kids, Damien's day job. It's just a lot.

Which is why taking a day off from it all and getting outdoors is so important right now. I might not be outdoors as much as I like during the week (Ok. I am definitely not outdoors as much as I like during the week) but our weekend family hikes are are nearly non-negotiables in the weekly plan. 

It's like hitting the reset button on life. Something I really need in the busyness of preparing to move. 

I think I just convinced myself to hit publish and go for a quick neighborhood walk. It might not be the woods but it's better than nothing. 

PS. Last week's afternoon hike was a fantastic nature study opportunity. Laurent took pond samples to study under the microscope, we found deer tracks and hair, and listened to two Barred Owls communicating with each other. All this in a nature preserve in the middle of the city. It was wonderful. Ok, I really am hitting publish and going outdoors. Now.

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  • Nicole

    Nicole on March 25, 2011, 1:15 p.m.

    We've been doing this too. I love spring hiking; still lots of snow in the woods and warm enough not to be bundled up as much. We find tracks and nests, listen to the birds and last weekend, three deer just in front of us as we rounded a corner.

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  • Jennifer

    Jennifer on March 25, 2011, 10:12 p.m.

    Good for you! I, too, find myself planning and thinking more about getting out than actually doing it. And we've had two unexpectedly sunny days in a row here! Alas, I really need groceries, so hopefully the sun will last till I get them unpacked and get dinner in the oven. So hard to carve the time out for what is truly important sometimes.

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  • Nicola @ Which Name?

    Nicola @ Which Name? on March 28, 2011, 11:50 p.m.

    I can't believe how soon your move is! And I am proud of you (at the risk of sounding trite) for hanging onto your weekend family hikes. I wish we could pull ourselves together to make our weekend outings consistent. When we do them, we are all much happier, but (I know there should be no "buts") there are only 24 hours in a day. Warmly, Nicola

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