Continuing to soak in the sun.

November crept up quickly, and continues to offer those of us enjoying life in the Rocky Mountains a plethora of opportunities to Journey Out Yonder.

I continue to explore places in and around Carbondale, with my Waldkinder. I’m learning to look closely at the flora and fauna right in front of me, as well as drink in the vistas offered from previously unexplored trails.

Here are a few of my favorite, new discoveries.

Biking and exploring along the west bank of the Crystal River, in Carbondale.

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Hiking and exploring the sage brush and gullies on mesas along Spring Gulch Road.

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Discovering fishing ponds and river bank playgrounds along the Crystal River.

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Resting, relaxing and soaking in the sun and each other, high above Glenwood Springs.

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Picnicking and balancing along riverbanks and over fallen trees in Avalanche Creek.

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Soaking my aging bones and muscles in Penny Hotsprings.

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No matter the weather, get out there and take a Journey Out Yonder, just for the adventure of it!

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Fall Foliage in the Roaring Fork Valley

I have the privilege to spend three days a week with five amazing 4 and 5-year olds, in and around Carbondale, Colorado. I’ve taken hundreds of photos of our adventures, and I’d like to share my favorite scenic ones, from this fall.

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If you didn’t notice, a regular backdrop for any Carbondale adventure is Mount Sopris.

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Waldkinder 5’s Explore the Roaring Fork Valley as Summer Turns to Autumn.

I just completed my fourth week with my Waldkinder 5’s. I have bruises, scrapes, and dirt etched into my legs, arms, hands, arms, and torso. I don’t even remember when or how I got them. And, it doesn’t even matter! This is the Waldkinder way.

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Dylan shows off the snake skin Ashton discovered.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ashton loves Feather Feet!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ella shows everyone her cricket.

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Dylan leads Kinley, Ella and Charlotte into the protected pools, searching for minnows.

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Kinley cools off in the Colorado River, at Horseshoe Bend.

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Kinley and Ashton hang-out in a large, park tree.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ella snacks on a Red Clover.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Large earth worms appear after the rains.

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Waldkinders meet other children to play games with in the park.

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Ella learns to whittle a stick, for future use.

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Waldkinders learn about herding sheep, watching the National Sheepdog Trials in Carbondale.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Kinley follows her fancy.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Border Collies herd sheep.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ella gets a fresh piece of spun wool.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Dylan takes a run at the agility course.

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Waldkinders make fish out of TP rolls, with Dylan’s mom.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Dylan leads a backyard discovery on Red Hill.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Dylan, in camouflage, shows off his backyard playground.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ella and Charlotte hanging out.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Charlotte roasts her marshmallow, in her fire!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Walking the True Nature Healing Labyrinth.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Charlotte finishes her silent walk.

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Dylan, Charlotte and Kinley explore the ditch.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Kinley has magical hands!

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Dylan floats his milkweed pod boat.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Kinley’s milkweed bed.

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Dylan, Charlotte and Kinley heading up to Marion Gulch.

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Over or under, is more fun than going through.

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Dylan and Kinley take time to collect their favorite fall aspen leaves.

DSC_0092 Charlotte finds a bone. Dylan knows it’s a rib.

DSC_0084 Charlotte marks our trail, for an easy return.

DSC_0102 Charlotte leads us to the fort teepee.

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Charlotte points out Stinging Nettles, so we can avoid them.

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Everyone works together to add new branches to the Waldkinder teepee.

DSC_0144 Time to relax on a log bed.

DSC_0145 Sammy stands guard, ready and willing to join the fun.

DSC_0146 Charlotte enjoys the fall harvest apple.

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Autumn in Colorado (a Vermont gal is still impressed!)

I was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont (the NEK as we call it). I’ve lived, worked and played in Colorado and Wyoming for the past 23 years. Although I still believe no other place rivals Vermont in the fall – and in so many other ways – I do get star struck as I drive through the mountains, valleys and plains of Colorado during the fall. This scene in Vermont is astounding, it’s true. It makes me long for my home state during the fall season. 10417567_10152511920497408_6319747171422604861_n Courtesy of Marc Plourde, Vermont Instead, I take a drive to places nearby, to get my foliage fix. I recently took a Journey Out Yonder up and over Grand Mesa. She presented a spectacular display of autumn Aspen color. DSC_0022 DSC_0023 A landslide of color. DSC_0029 The Crystal River Valley has another week or two before it peaks. DSC_0027 DSC_0020 Foliage framed by dark conifers. DSC_0017 Brilliant oranges pop! DSC_0016 Grand Mesa, the largest flat top mountain in North America, exudes brilliance. DSC_0013 Reach to the sky! DSC_0010 Be like a fall Aspen tree…stand tall, and proud. DSC_0009 Aspens stand atop basalt boulders. DSC_0005 A pallet of red, orange, yellow, green, and blue. DSC_0004 A touch of dark, green pines and brilliant blue sky provides contrast. DSC_0003 Yellows dominate. DSC_0002 A touch of red reminds me of my VT home. DSC_0001 Some trees, just like people, resist change.

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Be Humble, or Be Humiliated

Be Humble, or Be Humiliated.

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Be Humble, or Be Humiliated

I wrote an essay during my MEd program titled, “Be Humble or Be Humiliated”. The premise behind my words was to express my belief that in order to learn one needs to become humble enough to hear what is being taught. 

Just this week, I’ve been humiliated by 5-year olds. This, by no means, was their intent. It was the result of me getting caught up in the need to please in order to be liked, and accepted. 

$18.54 later, I had purchased ice cream for my five, little adventurers and me.

I walked right into my own trap! I was focused on getting to the farmer’s market, downtown. They, on the other hand, were completely engaged just walking around the neighborhoods around HQ. I thought I had to have a specific destination in mind. They, on the other hand, found each feather, flower, tree, stray cat, hammock, climbing rock, walking stick, irrigation ditch, and bug a destination in itself.

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A fresh snake skin created an afternoon of searching for snakes. 

 

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The snakeskin was soft, warm, and complete from head to toe. 

We could even see the holes where the snake’s eyes were!

 

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 In Colorado, it’s important to wear sunscreen. 

Our native tree, the Aspen, provides us with a natural source!

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 Charlotte’s skin is protected using the Aspen tree’s powdery sunscreen.

 

When I humble myself, and take out my goals for the day, true adventure occurs for my Waldkinders, and for me.

 

 

 

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Words to Inspire

I’m reading E.O. Wilson’s book, Biophilia, for the first time. I have biophilia: the innate tendency to focus on life and life-like processes.

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A tide pool to explore, in San Diego, CA.

 

Wilson’s book are his thoughts on humans, and our connection with other life forms and each other, on Earth.

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Last night I read a most inspirational quote, a memorial tribute to Hermann Minkowski, by Daivd Hilbert, about the “…perpetual cycle with gentle botanic images”. His words speak volumes about why I do what I do, why I say what I say, and why I teach the way I do.

 

“Our Science, which we loved above everything, had brought us together. It appeared to us as a flowering garden. In this garden there were wellworn paths where one might look around at leisure and enjoy oneself without effort, especially at the side of a congenial companion. But we also liked to seek out hidden trails and discovered many an unexpected view which was pleasing to our eyes; and when the one pointed it out to the other, and we admired it together, our JOY was complete.”

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A trail in the forest, in Vermont.

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