Monday, June 21, 2010
From tiny sprouts...
I should also report that my first session of Adventure Camp went well last week. We were hardly properly started down the trail before a small garter snake was caught and held by about a dozen 9-year-olds. When we were done and turned the 10-inch snake loose, it disappeared instantly. I have never seen a snake vanish so completely and so quickly, never to be seen by another group all day. That little thing was getting the heck out of Dodge!
The other groups found toads and frogs, ate the first of the still-ripening black raspberries, tasted sassafras and looked for interesting fungus and ferns. They all seemed to enjoy the walk and the things we found in the woods. That’s pretty much all I have time for on our little treks. I want them to experience the woods and have fun, hoping that is enough to make them want to return to a forest on some other day and explore whatever they see. It’s only a small seed I try to plant, but I hope at least a few of them will take hold and sprout.