Like all good adventures, this one started off with pie (pear pie to be exact). And roasted turkey. And creamy mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, farmer’s market vegetables, cranberry sauce, apple and blackberry crisp and ice cream. We gave thanks for the seasonal abundance of food, and the gathering of family and friends. Then we ate. And ate.
Later in the evening we made a plan to go for a hike the next morning in order to add some balance to our weekend and explore a new area. When the next morning arrived too early, I still felt full from the previous day’s feast. A cup of tea did the trick to get me moving. We then packed up the kids with the help of my parents, and drove to Rock Dunder in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere.
Hiking boots on, baby in backpack, supplies for the kids in the backpack. Backpack on my back. We started walking along a footpath and found ourselves in the shade of the trees. Being that it was the beginning of October, the canopy was still dense with leaves, blocking out the sunlight. Some had started to turn red, orange and yellow but many of them were still green. It was much colder than we thought it would be. All of us adults were probably a little underdressed.
It took some time to warm up. Most of us were eager to set a good pace but my eldest daughter had other ideas. Curious as always, she insisted we slow down and take a closer look. Moss was very peculiar and surprisingly soft. Giant rocks were perfect for races and climbing. She worried about stepping on the tree roots, as I still do. Fallen leaves on the pathway were picked up and admired before setting them carefully back down. Exploration and discovery is what being a child is about. Their eagerness to learn about the world around them is refreshing. They are lovely reminders to slow down. To step back and take in the details. Remember the feeling of the moment. How quickly I forget.
How quickly they are growing up.