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.