Now that the fall weather is finally here, I’m enjoying getting outside and hiking before it gets too cold. Today, instead of falling into the usual routine, I grabbed my family and insisted we go on a nature hike. Check out some of the amazing things we found.
7 Things We Found On Our Nature Hike
During our nature hike, we took the time to stop and enjoy the smallest moments. Rather than rushing to get back and do work, we took our time, which was well worth it.
Have you ever stopped and watched bees? They’re adorable little creatures!
My daughters were too scared to get close to the bees, but I waited until one of them let me get up close. Afterwards, I noticed how many other bees were there, and I realized how lucky I was that none of them stung me.
Without paying much attention to me, the bees nicely kept to themselves.
When one of my daughters picked up a long, crinkly snakeskin, I was relieved it wasn’t an actual snake! Snakeskins are a fascinating way for kids to learn about the snakes that live in an area.
We checked out the features of the snake to see if we could determine if it was poisonous, and we assumed it wasn’t. While the snakeskin had incredible coloring and texture, it helped us realize how much of nature we couldn’t see during our hike, even snakes.
Fall offers some of the best displays of flowers before the first frost. We found beautiful purple flowers and some that were lovely, fluffy, and white.
Kids are always so eager to pick all the flowers, but I gave a gentle reminder to leave some in nature so they could continue to grow.
Discovering leaves of all sizes made the hike even more exciting. My daughters loved discovering gigantic leaves, and even walnuts.
When we found a good place to stop and explore, the girls delighted in finding beautiful leaves that were changing color.
Georgiana loves asking Siri and Alexa what the weather is like outside (you can check out yesterday’s post about our new Triby device). When the fall air is crisp and breathtakingly lovely, there’s no better way to learn about the weather than go get outside and go for a walk.
From squirrels to birds, you can always find fun animals on a nature hike. We enjoyed spending time feeding the goats some grass.
Since our only pets are fish, it’s especially fun to see animals on a hike.
Falling into a routing can get tedious. Hiking together was the best reminder that we should enjoy more time as a family.
Before I know it, these girls will be too big to jump on tree stumps, and I love cherishing these moments we have together.
I’ve noticed that the more time I spend indoors, the more I pay attention to negative things. When I go outside, I find that moving around, laughing, and enjoying my surroundings makes my complaints melt away, while joy replaces any unhappiness.
Peace And Quiet
Listening to the quietness of nature is one of the most relaxing and invigorating parts of life.
So often, when I try to have peace and quiet at home, it seems impossible. When I read a book or begin to write, every movement and every little noise throws off my focus.
In nature, quiet is all around, and even energetic kids wonder at the marvelousness of the surroundings.
I love that I don’t need a beach vacation or a hidden waterfall to find the beauty and quietness that nature provides.
Fall is an idyllic time in nature. Getting outside is incredibly invigorating and relaxing. In addition to getting great exercise, hiking offers the experience of discovering the small, beautiful things that make nature fantastic.