“Rise up this mornin’,
Smiled with the risin’ sun,
~ Bob Marley
Over the long Memorial Day weekend I was able to take my seven year old to a family science camp in Eastern Oregon. We had given him the science camp adventure as a birthday present a couple of months ago and we were both so excited that the time was finally here- to escape, to explore, to hike, get dirty, make new friends, and try new things.
We both welcomed the chance to get away from our daily inundation of demands on our time and energy. It was amazing just how much time in the day there was with the absence of cell phones, internet, and driving. It was a time for just the two of us to do something fun. Plus we had the opportunity to learn a lot about the geology, fossils, and cultural history of the area.
We even got to see these sweet Saw-whet owl triplets up close and personal (of course I wasn’t as happy about what had to be in place to support a larger owl population: a larger rodent population). They were too adorable to watch them bobbing their heads and wondering what we were doing just standing there staring at them.
They still make me smile to think about… just like a little Bob Marley.
When was the last time you were able to pause your fast-paced life to reconnect with nature? Any plans to do so with your kids this summer? I would love to hear your ideas!