Hiking with Goblins – September 2014Posted: September 18, 2014
I’ve been wanting to get out and take a nice hike for a while, but weather and timing hasn’t quite worked out until today. While the morning was chilly enough that the bees were barely moving, that kept the mosquitoes off us for most of the day.
Hiking with goblins takes a few things:
- Patience. The walk is at their pace, and only ever at their pace. Every pretty rock, stick, and flower MUST be inspected. If deemed collectible, it MUST be stuffed in their pockets.
- Open eyes, but especially open ears. Sometimes I’m the one who spots or hears cool things, but my goblins always surprise me with their observation skills.
- The tenacity to “death march” them past their comfort zone. A self-directed child will rarely hike more than a mile. Today we did a bit over 5 miles, though it took over 3 hours to do. Yes, they complain, but they’ll thank you afterwards.
- Snacks and water. Granola works really well for us.
Besides the bee featured above, we also really enjoyed the “astronomy trail”, which is a scale model of the solar system built on just over 1,000 yards. It’s amazing how close the sun/mercury/venus/earth/mars are compared to the rest of the solar system.