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Who I amReside in St. Louis Missouri currently, Lived in California & Colorado.Husband.Father.Pastor.Football Enthusiast.Teacher.Learner.Dreamer.Reader.Friend. [thoughts & comments blogged here are my reflections living life trusting Jesus as God]

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Yosemite & Boys

I love the opportunities the outdoors give to my boys.  It fills their lungs with a deep sense of adventure & wonder.  Curiosity surrounds each bend in a path and hides behind every tree stump....Boys feed off that.

I love to watch my boys imagination take off with a tree, a rope & all of a sudden they own their own outdoor climbing service.  They can dream about racing down rapids in their inner tubes while walking over a bridge.  They can use their tent as a safety shelter while replaying MAN vs WILD episodes.  The sense of wonder fills a boys mind to the point where imagination and reality often blur.  Wonder feeds our souls.  For my two kids to stare at a waterfall that never stops flowing with the roar of the water impacting boulders that are hidden but 8 months earlier were climbed upon with pictures to prove it....that draws something out of them.

I also love the curiosity of exploration.  If it wasn't for explorers we'd all be lost.  We explore out of a hunger for knowledge and to discover the unknown.  My boys explore the outdoors with a ravenous curiosity of timidity in the same step.  They dig, they look, they examine, they get surprised by deer, coyotes & bears.  They explore places that allow them to gasp at the vastness of something that never ends.  To be outdoors and hike for 7 hours to only realize you haven't even touched 1% of the area you are in draws out the fact that "there is more to be found".

I love the mistakes that are made & lessons learned in the outdoors.  To walk through a stream pretending to explore a creek bed to come back to camp & have wet shoes, socks & pants to then experience a temperature drop after the sun dips behind the last peak of a mountain tells young boys...ooops!  To be cold & know you can't get warm as quickly as you thought allows them to learn.  To close a pocket knife while not paying attention to where your index finger is at and that little quick cut of skin serves as a good lesson learned.  To try for 30 minutes with a flint strip to start a fire cause your dad makes you learn that way helps you appreciate the match you just used to light the lantern.  To hike up a hill and drink all your water too fast and deal with a side ache helps 7 year olds slow down a little.
Outdoors truly are great places to help little boys fail safe.  Because of course the mama & papa bear watch them close enough so they don't fail to the point of tragedy.


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