Recently I was hiking with my wife and boy, up Wantastiquet. We made this hike despite knowing that rattlesnakes have been seen on the trail suning themselves. The chance to hike in nature, despite such risks, is one of the reasons we live here, and not some nature deprived metropolis.
During this hike, I had a mission; to get up as far as we could in a certain amount of time.
Morgen, my boy, saw water coursing over the trail and down the hillside, in a little stream filled with rocks. “WOW !”, he said. Can we explore that stream? Can you come with me?” My instantaneous reply was, ” I think you know that we arem’t going to do that right now”. I had my mission, and it was to hike, and I marched farther up the trail.
Fortunately, my wife heard Morgen’s comment for what it was; an honest desire to explore the natural world, immediately, and a chance to take a responsible risk, and venture off the trail a little bit. The rocks were not slippery with algae, and the slope of the stream was not likely to fall apart in erosion due to an exploratory little jaunt.
Really, it was the perfect chance to say, “Yes, let’s explore it. We will be careful, and see what is out there, see the water making its way to the ocean.” Sometimes I just forget that I am living where I am living, and to take the time to do what matters.