Do not panic when lost in these woods—you’ll be fine.
Make a big fire. Be extreeeemely proud. (There have been trips when a campfire could not be accomplished without half a can of lighter fluid because did you know you can’t just take a little match and light logs of wood on fire? It don’t work. Fire building is a learned skill.)
Roast vegan marshmallows. Wish for longer sticks, as it is very hot.
Appreciate the beauty and magic…
…the baby spiders…
…and spiky things that are soft (like some people, no?).Pick a favorite rock at the water’s edge and sit there often with good company. Be quiet when the six year old tells you she wants to listen to nature. Observe. Absorb.
Put Starbucks to some good use: snail collecting…
…and doctoring injured butterflies.
Also: collect dragonfly nymph shells, play with a dead fish, swim a ton in the softest water, discover a love for lakes (they’re not scary after all! It’s just not easy being three), hear the wierdest freaking bird call ever at 3 a.m. about six inches from your head (panic), catch fireflies, watch herons, search for turtles, find pieces of dead birds, decide to be a vegetarian kid who learns to fish, play a lot.