Today, Sep 22 is the first day of Fall. Time to put the summer clothes away and get out the rakes. Wait, STOP!! Here in the Finger Lakes, we still have many more days of summer to enjoy. Days are sunny and warm, nights are cool. What’s better than that?
And it’s the perfect time to take a kid out for a hike or paddle on the weekend. Give them a break from the long school day, and make a difference in tomorrow’s future. You’ll enjoy it too – look at the world through the eyes of a child again
Don’t have a young child or grandchild? Borrow one! So many kids today are hooked on electronics – Minecraft, Pokemon, TV. Bring them outdoors – show them how to play.
We have two grandsons, Trenton 11, Braedon 8. Trenton has been hiking in the Adirondacks since he was 4. He loves Minecraft, and talks Minecraft lingo nonstop. But when it’s hiking time, everything electronic stays home. It’s a 2 1/2 hour drive to the mountains. We make up stories, make up our own Mad-Libs.
And once we get to the mountains, it’s like Trent takes a deep breath, and relaxes. He disconnects and comes alive right before your eyes. He talks to the people he passes, he admires the smallest details in the trees, under the logs and rocks. (On his first hike, he carried a backpack nearly as big as he was, filled with snacks and Hotwheel cars. And he took them out and described them to the climbers who passed by.)
We started out small, Bald Mt in Old Forge, NY. Then Bear Mt, and Blue – Ampersand was a favorite. We’ve done some of the Saranac Six, and are working towards getting our 6er patch. Trent has liked it so much, he asks if he can bring along a friend, and of course if the parents allow, we take them along too.
Braedon went on his first climb when he was 5. He’s a wee bit more apprehensive about leaving home – but this year he came along with Trent. The boys, Gramma and Grampa. It was a perfect day! We laughed, we joked, we simply enjoyed the beautiful outdoors.
Today’s life is so busy and rush rush rush, we don’t get to see the boys as much as we’d like. They have school and activities – plus, we work long hours here at Talic. But every now and then, we get to head to the mountains, and leave the fast paced world behind and laugh.
What can be more perfect than a Mad-Lib story on the drive, and an apple on the peak? I need a noun. Now an adjective.
Yes, it’s Fall this week. But Fall is the perfect time to grab a kid and get outside. Hike. Paddle. Relax. Breath. Ahhhhhhhhh.
Fall is perfect.