My wife and I did get away for a trip to Boston two weekends ago, though 20 minutes into being shuffled around on a subway we realized we are NOT city people. We retreated to NH and enjoyed the rest of our without-kids-getaway in peace. Nothing against Boston...it is nice, just not nice for us who prefer more sheep then people per given acre. While at the Mall of Manchester I saw a poster from the US Forest Service and the Ad Council for "Discover a Forest", and the next weekend decided to take all the kids out for a hike, even 5 month Kaelyn thinking about that kiosk poster.
What a great time we had discovering our own little forest! Kaelyn (the baby) LOVES LOVES LOVES to be outside. While plodding along with her in her backpack she kept kicking her feet, waving her arms and panting like a dog. For Kaelyn she only does this when she is really excited.
The other daughters (6, 7 and 8) learned about how the Native American's made canoes out of birch bark, and how glaciers dropped boulders on the way to the ocean, and how land is surveyed out. We made it to one of the streams that cross our property, and while small...because we are on the top of a hill and streams start here and not really run through here, it was meager but running water anyway. That was where we had some snacks and took some photos. We sent these in to "Discover the Forest" and they chose to use of family pictures which was nice.
The second one posted here is the one they chose to feature. It is interesting because the first is actually in a virgin forest...we have never got back there to ever harvest the wood, whereas in the second photo, as you remember from last year; this was where we logged the pine logs for our flooring. But "Discover the Forest" is not about logging/hunting versus preservation; it is just about families getting outside in the woods.
We are all about that!