We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.
I have a new New York wildlife article up on Examiner.com, about nesting birds. Enjoy!
Spring is here, even if we still have some chilly days and nights. It seems as if everything is blooming all of a sudden.
Forsythia, Tehama St., Kensington, Brooklyn.
We've planted the beginning of our summer vegetable garden.
Lettuces in our kitchen windowbox.
And soccer is back in full swing.
Gjoa vs. Brooklyn Juniors, 4/13/13.
I just realized that my Boy Scout brand sleeping bag (made by Coleman) is now 30 years old! My grandmother bought it for me when I graduated college and was living without furniture. It's in like-new condition, except that the elastic bands for keeping it rolled up have lost some of their spring. In fact, all but one (the newest) of our sleeping bags have held up really well. That one is only ten years old but the synthetic fill has gotten somewhat compacted.
These bags are, L-R: 30, 13, and about 17 years old!
Bright Horizons invited Brooklyn child- and parenting-related bloggers to tour their new facility on Kent Avenue in trendy Williamsburg. I attended and must say the place is very nice, and they make a real effort to feature natural materials, calm earth tones, room for gross motor play, and nature and science themed playthings.
The gym-like playroom features a kid-sized climbing wall in addition to a dance area and a variety of other items designed to encourage exercise.
This is a guest post by Carolyn from Fullonfit.
I've always made fitness a priority in my life, but I'm not a fan of cold weather. The winter months can make outdoor exercise difficult. I've learned to adapt though—and if I can do it, I know you can do it too! Here are some of the tips for winter fitness I've learned for weather that's snowy or just plain cold.
Wear the Right Gear
At 22, Cheryl Strayed was a basket case. After her mother's early death from cancer, Strayed began a downhill slide that ended in estrangement from her remaining family and husband, and reckless sex and drug use. On little more than a whim, she decided to spend the summer of 1995 hiking the Pacific Coast Trail—alone. Although she had plenty of experience with family camping, she had never gone backpacking before, and much of the book details her naivete and inadequate preparation, in particular, the tribulations caused by ill-fitting boots.
We wanted to do snow sports for the abbreviated winter school break, but didn't have much luck finding anything reasonable for a holiday weekend on short notice for this area, so we ended up going up to Treetop Mom's family's home in Maine. It's on the mainland not far from Acadia National Park. We drove up on Friday. Saturday was our chill-out day; we did laundry, made plans, and the boys built a snow fort.
Hiking, camping and just enjoying the great outdoors is great fun for both young and old. However, it’s important not to let smart safety habits fall by the wayside, especially when it comes to campfires. Keep in mind the following tips to make sure you stay safe on your next outdoor adventure.
Nothing gets New yorkers out into the parks like a few inches of snow.
USA Today published a piece recently listing the 10 Best Cities for Urban Forests, based on which cities have the most parkland per capita and which do the most to create green spaces and make them accessible to the public. And—guess what—New York is one of them, with a surprising 19.5% parkland! Besides New York, cities that made the list are Austin, Charlotte, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Portland, Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.