There is a saying somewhere in this title – “an Audubon a day is a great way to play.” I feel like it should be something more meaningful about perspective; however, we are not Henry David Thoreau-vians. We have lots of stuff in our home, and enjoy the things in modern life that would be “clutter” to Henry. Things like furniture (try living with kids in your home without furniture and then tell me it is non-essential), and iPads, and digital cameras.
But still, getting out and experiencing nature face-to-face or face-to-tree or face-to-insect (man, I really need some help with these play-on-expressions today) helps clear the mind and leaves us with a feeling that we have experienced something that is, well, essentially “life”.
As we headed into the Hemlock Swamp area, we were concerned about our ability to navigate the unruly wilds. But, as fate would have it, the caretakers at Audubon had the foresight to know that many of their visitors would not necessarily be great outdoors-people, and so provide clear walkways to navigate through the swamp.
Along the way, Audubon provides areas where you can eat, play or relax. For instance, these tree stumps provide excellent balance training for any of you budding martial artists out there (note – martialartsnation.us is coming soon)!
Depending on day, time of your visit, the Audubon Visitor’s Center offers a rustic setting where children and adults can engage in a variety of learning experiences.
Not too mention, the center is just plain-out picturesque!
While you are sitting in your warm, cozy cocoon you might feel the question work its way into your mind, do I really want to go to all that trouble? I’ll admit, it takes some effort and maybe some bug spray to really enjoy the outing, but with rewards like a great family shared experience, exercise, and breath-taking scenery, the answer is a resounding “YES!”
Well, I am no closer to thinking up an improved expression beyond the starting “an Audubon a day is a great way to play”, and in retrospect, maybe that says it all.