More Time Outdoors


My recent week with fifth graders at Walker Creek Ranch in West Marin for a session of “outdoor ed.” convinces me that I need to spend more time outdoors. Out in the wild, not just at the Little League ballpark. I need to commune with nature. I need to touch lichen and watch salamanders. I need to smell bay laurel and eucalyptus. I need to feel rain on my face.

OK, so this blog doesn’t address a recent injustice or a pressing world problem.

Or does it?

I returned from the week caring more deeply for the earth and its creatures. Sounds corny, but it’s true. I returned from the week calmer, more in touch with what is real about me and my crazy-busy schedule.

If more people experienced these two things, had these two realizations, these two epiphanies, I believe it would make a difference not only in their lives but in our world.

I believe time outdoors tends to make us better stewards of the gift of this good earth.

I don’t like camping because as far as I’m concerned, a vacation shouldn’t be more work that going to work.  But I love the outdoors, and I love learning about it from naturalists and others who have a passion for this good earth.  So now, I need to figure out how to experience the outdoors without the work of camping.

Your ideas are welcome.

1 Comment

  1. Virginia

    Tue 05th Feb 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Day trips? My daughter has a camper, but that seems like a lot of expenses, not to mention time (clean up stock up, etc.) We joined them at the Brannen Island State Recreation Area last August. They had their camper, we had a wheel chair, so stayed at a motel about 10 minutes from the park. Easy in and out, and the park was completely accessible. Very pleasant and relaxing “camping trip” for me–and for Anne, and overall, not too costly. Plus, the motel accepted dogs, so we were able to bring Truly. But I agree with your point: becoming immersed in any kind of environment that takes you out of your current comfortable milieu increases awareness and appreciation for the richness and diversity of all God’s creation, and our complicity in its degradation and continued brokenness. MVT


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