Day 178 – Call of the Wild

Growing up in the country I always took the outdoors for granted.  Not intentionally, I just thought that it was always there and learning stuff about bug, birds, frogs, fish, etc. was what everybody did.  It wasn’t until I moved to the city when I realized that not everyone had been out in the woods!  Some people I have encountered have never even been hiking!  And I personally feel that they are missing out on so much!  Lately I have been hiking a lot.  I still love being in the woods just as much as I did when I was a kid.  Maybe even more now…California is freakin’ beautiful.  So today I am taking Darwin on his third hike ever!  Theresa and I drove him up to San Bruno Mt. today to go for a walk in the woods.  When I say “third hike” I mean that this is the third hike he has done with no stroller or ‘anti-walking’ device.  I want to give him all of the outdoors!  I want to show him that bugs are cool!  Flowers are beautiful….and all that comes along with that!  We hike a half mile to a gorgeous overlook of the city.  Sit and have a snack.  On the way back, we find lots of bugs and I even see a few snakes.  How cool is that?  I want to continue hiking with him…and show him all of my knowledge about the outdoors (which isn’t as extensive as it sounds)….But I feel like I am passing it down from what my dad and brothers (who are way better outdoors guys than myself) have taught me.  I want to show him how to build fires, shelters, traps, and all kinds of survival stuff.  I look forward to sharing this stuff as he grows up.  What a great day.

This is a painting of one of the bugs we saw on the hike….Although it didn’t have wings, I added those for artistic purposes.  Painting birds and animals all the time has really sparked my curiosity to know what those animals are all about.  I am going to have to do some reading about my next bird….or fish…or mammal.  I want to know more.  Learning is one of the steps on the eight fold path to enlightenment.  So that can’t be bad.  Take care.


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One Response to Day 178 – Call of the Wild

  1. Linda Garrity says:

    I am one of your aforementioned people who grew up in a city and rarely had the opportunity to do anything in nature (other thank climbing the “mountains” behind our street of new houses as they were built!) In college, I swam in a quarry, was taken to Starved Rock, spent a lot of time one summer in a cornfield (not explaining that one!); I was 22 before I ever saw that a blueberry grew on a bush and 27 before I looked for wild ones in the woods (scared stiff about the presence of small black bears!) At that same age, I inherited my first garden and found out that you could eat corn on the cob picked right from the plant. All were revelations…….
    Although as you say you didn’t know it at the time, you are a wealth of information about so much in nature; that you are so enthusiastic about passing these things along to your own son is a lovely, loving thing. Little D is quite the lucky young guy to have a dad like you!

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