As we hiked along, I took photographs and reveled in the sights and sounds of nature. We followed the deer trails to find our way through the tangled vines and briars. We listened to the rushing water of the creek and its tiny waterfalls. By the creek, we identified the animal tracks of those that had stopped by for a drink. We heard the Spring Peepers singing from a shallow pool. In the faint distance, we could still hear our Beagle yelping after us. Bodie was sad because we had left him at home.
A little insight…I absolutely love nature and the outdoors, and I am a conservationist at heart. It is always a treat when things that I enjoy connect with other areas of my life; especially with homeschooling. Being a home educator, I like to buy and collect various used books. Years ago, a homeschooling friend gave me some of her old books and resource materials. Among them was a copy of The Adventures of Whitefoot the Woodmouse by Thornton W. Burgess. The day after our hike, I selected that book from the shelf for Ian to begin reading. How fascinating it was to research and find that Thornton W. Burgess was a naturalist and conservationist! For 50 years, he wrote many stories about nature and conservation. A non-profit educational organization, The Thornton W. Burgess Society, was founded in his honor in his home town of Sandwich, Massachusetts. How fitting it was to ‘randomly’ select that book from the shelf after spending a great day with nature!
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Here are some sights from our hike.