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.