Last weekend we went up to some friends' cabin for the day. It was only about an hour and half outside the city, and we just spent the day there, but I felt so rejuvenated after being out in so much green, away from the traffic and background noise of the city. It was so lovely to just slip away briefly and enjoy the companionship of good friends and beautiful scenery.
Sam is practically a little wild animal himself; he'd gladly live outside if I let him. He was in his glory; throwing rocks, poking sticks down animal holes, collecting pine cones, spotting animals, and just being in his element. Every time I get out for a hike, I'm reminded of how much I love it and how important it is for our emotional and physical well-being. And each time I recommit to going more often. I recently picked up a book with a bunch of kid-friendly hikes in Utah. I hereby commit to use it regularly this summer!
After some serious rock-into-river throwing, marshmallow roasting and a partial hike, Sam was pretty tuckered out, and decided to take a little snooze atop Dad's shoulders. Luckily he woke up in time to see the snake!
I didn't even know that regular snakes swim in the water, but here was this little guy taking a splash through the algae. Both dads made valiant efforts to catch him, even braving stinging nettles. They were eventually successful, much to Sam's excitement.
How much richer can life get than touching your very first snake in the great outdoors? Sam is so in love with anything that creeps or crawls. Later, looking at these pictures, I asked him, "How did that snake feel?" His response was so sweet. "It was sad, Mom." When I asked him why it was sad he said, "Because it missed its mom." Talk about a heart squeeze!
I'm already looking forward to our next outdoor adventure!