The day my son was introduced to real mountains, the Rockies of Colorado, he was awestruck. “Holy mac!” he exclaimed. Short for mackerel, apparently. We were driving up I70, deep into the rocky terrain, with peaks all around us. “Wow! It’s beautiful, right Mom? Let’s hike to the top of the mounts’!” He was into abbreviating his words this vacation. It was beautiful, so beautiful. We did end up taking him hiking on that trip, but turns out, despite the enthusiasm, his little three year old legs weren’t quite up to the task of summiting. Maybe when he gets older.
No one teaches us to love the earth. It’s in us. Babies giggle at playing in the dirt, attempt to climb trees the moment their limbs are long enough to reach the first branch, and display wonderment at rippling water long before they can form proper words. Given this innate drive within us to seek nature, it’s not surprising that there are a wild array of health benefits to spending time in the great outdoors.… Read more