Why This Quarter-Mile Hike Was the Longest of my Life
The above is just one way to quiet down a kid when they're being a blabbermouth. (Wouldn't it be nice if you could do this with adults, too?)
I'm glad I didn't pinch her mouth shut the other night, however.
Taking after me, Ashley is very honest about her feelings, so like me, good chance she won't have a lot of fake friends in her life - or so I hope.
So, after a "hike" at Pineridge Natual Area with her Brownie (Girl Scout) troupe, I thought she would be complaining about it being too slow, short, or even boring - because at just 7, she is a seasoned hiker. She's been at it her whole life. We've hiked for hours before.
Here was Wednesday night's hike itinerary:
- It began with about 10 minutes of one girl scout after another using the public restroom.
- We went over some rules about respecting nature, e.g. staying on the trail.
- Hike begins, and stops after less than one minute because someone saw a caterpillar.
- Hike continues for perhaps 15 seconds, until someone spots a spider.
- This pattern continues, although the hiking spans did lengthen to up to a minute at a time. Prairie dogs, owls, and the moon were discussed, and everything was used as an educational lesson.
For me, this was a cross between meditation, entertainment, and relief - as I went along to see if the girl scout leaders knew anything about safety - ya know, hiking at dusk in the Fall - and indeed, they were on their game, so kudos.
Ashley surprised me with her review of the hike, which I was sure had disappointed her: