Sometimes you go in search of snow, but sometimes the snow finds you. I had to step out of the car for a minute to appreciate the stillness..... driving in it and the fog was giving me palpitations❄️
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I took a walk in the woods today.
And I found myself.
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After months in the desert, we're happy to be in the woods for a few days. The smell of pines and damp earth is invigorating! After a cold and rainy day of running errands yesterday, we went searching for a place to sleep for the night in a national forest. In the dark, we found a spot on a logging road outside of a quaint town. While we woke up to beautiful fresh snow, the place was a mud pit (not to mention not a parking spot for campers 😬) and definitely not suitable for the week. This morning, we crossed our fingers and pulled out of the mud without getting stuck. Luckily, a spot freed up in a nearby campground and we were able to snag this beautiful spot for the week. We're not far from the desert but a higher elevation makes all the difference in our surroundings!
"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it."
– Maya Angelou
Photo by Vladamir Kudinov
Recently I have faced some significant setbacks. I am trying to move forward to the best of my ability and keep my chin up but it has proven to be incredibly hard. I am trying to see this as just one more hill to crest.
Did you know that you can tell the age of a pine tree just by looking at it? Pine trees have a typical annual growth spurt, putting on one "whorl" of branches each year. So, one way to estimate the age of young pine trees (usually less than 15-20 years) is to count the number of whorls on the tree. Looking at this not so great picture, you can see that there are 4 whorls of branches - this means that the tree is 4 years old! There is a more complicated system of calculating the diameter (circumference/π) and multiplying this by a growth factor but we'll stick to whorls for now ;) Next time you're out in the bush and you see a young pine tree, give it a try! #pinetrees#enwcevergreenweek#exploringnaturewithchildren#homeschoollife#homeschool#wildschooling#whorls