Thursday, September 19, 2013

In the Woods

"The mountains are calling and I must go." 
- John Muir

Craig and I were very blessed this week to be gifted 3 days away solo in the mountains on the Shenandoah River near Luray, Virginia. 

Obviously we had a great time. We hiked. We fished. We read. We swam. We talked. We slept- a lot! 

When we first got to the cabin I threw open all the windows to breathe in the fresh mountain air- much to his chagrin. It really does smell different I exclaimed! 
And it does. 

My soul feels refreshed. I wanted to go get the kids and bring them back to the cabin and just never leave, but alas that's not in the cards just yet. 

On the trip I finally finished reading "Last Child in the Wood" by Richard Louv. It was an appropriate place to finish the book surrounded by nature. I cried a few times while reading it and- no it wasn't sappy fiction.  

I cried because the realization poured over me that many children don't get to experience nature the way I do and did as a child and as an adult. And well that just breaks my heart. My tears were tears of mourning. I mourn for them something they might never know that they're missing. The peace. The beauty. The glory of our natural world. 


Well let's suffice to say that the book is game changer for me. I'll be back in this place later to share more about what I learned form the book. In the meantime, go get a copy and read it yourself! Seriously! 

PS: Tomorrow is the last day of the Ostheimer giveaway!



  1. This looks and sounds like a wonderful trip!

  2. Stunning photos. Looks like a great little getaway.

    1. Why thank you :) Sometimes I get lucky with my camera! It's such a learning curve.

  3. How utterly sublime! Glorious pictures! Love the little row of cabins! I enjoyed reading about your reading too. Like you say, such a perfect setting for such a book. I too grieve that not all children have what surely should be everyone's right and need to be immersed in nature and to experience it if not on a daily, monthly basis. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I am glad you liked it Willow. Have you read "Last Child in the Woods"?

  4. I'm so glad you had a wonderful trip! Last Child in the Wood is on my "to read" list. Maybe I'll bump it up a few on the list after reading how much it resonated with you.

  5. Visited your blog for the first time today! I like your writing style and your pictures! Will come and visit regularly! Thanks for sharing!


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