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Getting the family out for an up close and personal experience with nature is one of our passions. Whether we are sitting around a camp fire, watching the sunset, or intently observing a spider as she weaves an intricate web- we never cease to be amazed at the handiwork of our Creator!
Spending time in the great outdoors together as a family has brought us closer to each other, the natural world around us, and the One who created it all.
As a homeschool family, it has been a source of information that has helped us foster a love of learning in our three boys.
When I was growing up- I spent most of my time outside running wild and free, playing in the woods and around the neighborhood. There was no end to the adventures I found near the Wekiva River along the outskirts of Orlando. I was out early, and home late; sweaty and tired from a day filled with wonder and creativity.
My brother, sister and I -along with a pack of neighborhood children -built rafts and made fishing poles. We tracked animals in the woods and raced bicycles along the trails.
We were explorers.
These days of course, it’s no longer safe in most areas for kids to run wild and free. It broke my heart to think that my children would have to miss out on such creativity until I realized that what this really meant was that my husband and I would just have to relive those adventures and bring the boys along.
Thus began our trek back to nature; out into the wild world on the search for adventure.
For the next 31 days I’ll be sharing ideas for getting your family outside, how and what to do when you get there, and why it’s a good idea.
DAY 1 – Family Walk
Reason #1 – Some of my favorite memories from childhood are of those spent in the great outdoors and especially the ones with my whole family. Nature is awe inspiring it’s a memorable experience to share it with the ones you love most.
You don’t have to live at the beach to share a walk in the evening. Ok, it helps; but sand and shore is NOT a requirement.
I remember a happy satisfied feeling as a young girl when our family headed out the door for an after dinner stroll. We held hands as we walked through the neighborhood.
It was a simple thing.
It’s also one of my favorite memories and it didn’t involve a beach, or even cost a dime! Even if you only have a few minutes to spare, it’s a wonderful thing to do.
We like to look for birds. Sometimes we try to see who can be the quietest and who can spot them first or get the closest. Other times, we aren’t quiet at all as we laugh at the boys racing around. But, we are never ever sorry we went.
Have you taken the family outside for a walk lately?
I bet your children will look back some day and remember it fondly.