March 7, 2019
Day after New Moon
Spiral Hill at the end of Manor Rd.

What an exquisite day! The sun was up, cool breezes in the air, blue skies, open space and a full panoramic view of where we live.  The Turkey vultures were happy soaring in the sky as we watched their grand magnificence and, Josie was very happy to be here because, SHE KNOWS THIS AREA!!

As we now get into the bus with their “bus passes”/ tracking cards, they are enjoying them more and more so, when we got to where we were going they were instantly looking for tracks and, when found, recognizing some of the details like that on the cards.
When we got out of the bus we knew there was something there that Luna would love, SOUR GRASS!! Luna is, as often as she sees them, eating with great joy, sour grass or Redwood Sorrel, a cousin.  And, Eamon we figured would like this very much as he is the Plant Guy, he loves plants, he loves to eat them and roll in them too!! 🙂

They spent a lot of time looking at the sour grass and eating it. I can’t eat it without making a big scrunchy face so we watched to see who could eat them WITHOUT doing that. Pretty rough to do. However, I am pretty sure that  Luna was the winner of that game.  The boys found worms and LOVED playing with them for awhile until, we began our journey up the steep ascent.  Ruby took most of the children on the higher and easier trail. There they were finding so many wonderful wild flowers popping up with Spring time color!!! Theo pretty much ran to, almost the top, and then stopped hoping we would be at the top. He wanted that so much that he decided that right on the trail, SURELY, must be where we should be for the day. 🙂

When we all got to the top again, Josie was very excited because she knows all about the Labryinth there and how to walk it in a respectful  manner.

However, we had them explore the area first and then, we came into circle.  From there they were then given some instructions on the labryinth and all was well.

Josie and Ellie had a grand time walking it and finding the treasures in the middle.  All the while knowing that we do not touch nor take anyones gift given/the treasure and we stay within the the pathways created.  The boys wound up finding clay on the trail we came up on. They and Ruby spent a great deal of time over there creating such wonders!!!  Ruby told me that Eamon made little gifts for everyone. HOlden made me a gift and Theo made marvels.

Later on the boys went in the Laybryinth and had a grand time.  And, the big puddles in it, wound up being great puddles to wash their clay ridden hands.

Luna found some rocks that she wanted to build with.  She and I began and then, little by little all the others wanted to join in. It was her creation so she was in charge of what was ok to put on there or not. All the children would ask her kindly, if this was good or that was good.  She was quite comfortable and easy with her yes’s, no’s and well, ok…. And the children were delighted to be apart of this. By the end, what a glorious creation was made!!!

Theo was the first to come in and be apart of this so he and Luna worked together in such a fun way for awhile.  Everyone added what they could find: flowers, rocks, grass, sticks, little bugs, slugs…..

We then came in for lunch, I read them a fine nature story of unity and all sorts of animals, which, later in the day due to the story, they were looking for signs of like the little bug in the tale and it’s tracks.  YEAH!!

We put our packs to the side after lunch and went on our way for an adventure down the path.  We found such a great tree BUT, there was Guardian/Poison Oak underneath it. They could only play on top of the tree!  They did so for awhile until it was clear that they were ready to move on. So moving on we did.  As we were walking Eamon got a little disgruntled and said ” Why can’t we just play??”  I shared that we were as we had no idea where we were going and what we would find.  Right after that the trail got thin and to it’s sides were a whole lot of French broom that they could hide in. And, that is what they all did. Hide and Seek, Hide and Seek, Hide and Seek!!!  I then gave them a mission to find the big rocks on the Right side of the hill. Off they went and, they found them. But then,  the boys wanted it all to themselves and the girls were dissatisfied with that so, what do you  know?? There was ANOTHER rock out in the distance. They all, actually, ran off to that and from there they were playing here, playing there in this very large play ground on the top of the mt.  Theo went to explore another rock much further and was delighted with his finds.

We finally had to go back.  When we got to a very large hill the girls, with ease, made it up but the boys were huffing, and puffing, and complaining.  We all waited at the top with smiles. They finally made it. Oh but no, Theo, where was Theo?  On the ground on the other side of the little rise.  We couldn’t even see him. Eamon ran back for him. He got up and then all the boys went to go collect the things they made from clay.  Then down the hill we all went. And what/who did we find?? Josie’s mom and brother waiting there for Josie.  The children ate some more sour grass and shared some of the day with Josie’s mom. Then we sang our good byes, said good bye to Josie as we watched them begin their journey down the hill and we went down in the bus all the way back to the park with happy hearts from such a grand adventurous day.

 

March 8, 2019
Lake Lagunitas
New Moon

Another fun and beautiful day with your children! We thought the weather was just going to be cloudy but indeed it showered on and off and then at about 11:45 rained for a bit.

We were highly efficient today as we got the children to the lakes, out of the bus, with their buckets in hand for circle, to circle and then, we began to set up the fire.

Some of the children loved to come straight to circle, not ever our focus.  Some of the children love to go straight to play and explore. So there they were, all sitting on their buckets ready to be in circle when Nathan said, “Can we go play?”  And the answer was “Of course!” 🙂

So off went Nathan, Beau, Rohin and Ellery.  They had their buckets in hand to go to the creek.  I guided them to a spot where they could play safely.  The water was still swift and the rocks quite slippery so, there was a little “beach” area where they could stand and play safely and, they did.  I went back to set up the fire and Sienna, Nelly, Addie and Gideon stayed to watch it being set up while Ruby set up all the cooking that we were about to do: corn tortillas, grating cheese and getting the beans in the pot.

I had just finished getting the Tinder Bundle/nest ready to then put the small sticks around it when Beau casually came up with a frown and sad face. He said that he lost his bucket, it went down the creek. I ran down and then all those children down there ran with me as we explored down the creek. It then dawned on me that the bucket probably sunk close by so, back we went and, what did we see??? The bucket under the water and stuck up against a log. Well, off went my rain boots and socks, rolled up my rain pants, took off my rain skirt and into the water I went. SUCCESS!  The bucket was saved.  They played for a bit and then, Beau came back with ” I lost my bucket!”  Oh dear!  down I went again and there was the bucket, right where they were playing upside down and too hard for his little hands to get it.  I came just in time because it WAS about to on an adventure down the creek. I grabbed it and all was well yet again.  Time to take the buckets up for circle and snack it seemed and so, we did.

We all ate such a delicious snack. While Ruby was cooking I told them a story about Spring being just around the corner and later in the day we went searching for spring.  When circle was done off they went again to play and explore.

They spread out and had a grand time, as always, playing in the woods and then we gathered them up to “find spring!”  As we adventured that is exactly what happened. We found small buds, larger buds, almost flowering buds, on a big tree! Then we walked towards Bon Tempe Lake and there they found a great big puddle!!!!  No further did we need to go.  To get across was challenging for some as it was deep. I found a board and A BRIDGE WAS MADE!  They went across that many, many times. Beau was a “worker” and organized how the crossing all took place. Ellery fell in the water a bit and was ever so sad. Later, to help Ellery a bit, Ruby wound up getting her very involved in the Earth and how it talks. Almost all the other children came over and they were all so involved in the joy, curiosity and discovery of Earth and how it shares with us its many wonders and mysteries as Ruby guided them with stories and joy.

Gideon discovered spring in the little Doug Fir bushes near us and all came over to see that.  It was then close to lunch time but, changing clothes party seemed a great need and the rains were beginning to come down so, two by two children went with Ruby to change while I took the children under cover to eat lunch and listen to a story I read.  After all the eating and changing we went back into the warm bus. I read one more fun and fine story, we sang our good bye song, the children gave glorious thank you’s and off we went.

Their day was so full and the weather was enough to tucker four of them so much that, Ruby played the Kalimba the whole way back and, as said, four of them went fast asleep while the others were in total silence until we got back.

March 5, 2019
Waning Crescent Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Well, it seemed like a glorious day today!  Learning how to be with the rain that has come over and over and over again has found a settling as well as still great learning.

We were not sure if it would really rain enough to put our canopy up and indeed, it did not.  We made a fire and cooked corn tortillas with beans, cheese and avocado. However, it took quite a while for that to happen.  The children, needing to wait longer than usual for snack got hungry. And, we were very blessed to perchance have had Luna’s Mom bring little apples for everyone. So, with some little apples and some chunks of cheese each, a small snack was had.

We built the fire, cooked the food, ate it, they loved it and were still hungry. Welllllll….. it turned out that by this time it was about 11:30 so, with a little clean up and then set up for lunch it was close to noon so snack and lunch merged together as best friends and all were happy.
Ellie ate TWO TORTILLAS and ALL OF HER LUNCH!!  She was, HUNGRY!!

However, back to the beginning of the day.  We went back to the creek to check it out and all had fun, then into the bus with their special tracking cards to find their places to sit.  We have been doing boy girl, boy, girl and it really has been working out very nicely.  Today was the second day that one of the children passed out Stuffed animals. Today was Eamon.  We also used our Rattle talking stick to share something that would bring a smile to our faces this day.

You already heard a bit about the fire/cooking and, there was so much more.  They all helped bring out their buckets, wood, cooking gear and their back packs.  We figured out if we were going to join the older nature group or not, they only had two children.  It turned out they had a fire and so did we. We got to see them chop their wood and Theo helped chop ours.  We set up our fire pit and first Eamon tried to light the fire, but he wasn’t able to get the match lit. Then Josie tried and then Luna.  It got lit and we built the fire up. Then off to cooking.

During the day Ellie and Josie were playing a lot of Hide and go Seek with each other and then they worked on sneaking up on us all!!!  Later in the day Luna and the boys had a GREAT!!! time going in and out and in and out and in and out of the culvert .   We all took an adventure towards the water past the parking lot and did not get too far as they all found so many wonders.

Theo had a wonderful growth moment too. He really, really, really wanted Holden to help him find a stick that he had.  Holden got busy, Theo got very frustrated and then, he found a newt that distracted it and then, HE FOUND A STICK that he loved and he wound up with  great pride. This was simply GRAND!

Eamon was sitting on the side of a low wood bar type thing. He fell off onto a grassy area behind it. Holden looked at him and said “FUN!  I want to try it.” He did and loved it and then he and Eamon kept falling off this wooden bar and thinking it was fun until Holden said, “Ouch.” And then they were done. 🙂

Luna and I made a great house collecting things from the ground and Theo wanted to join in.
The children continue to weave in and out of play with each other exploring, finding treasures, sharing their treasures. And then, on the way home, Ruby told a grand story as they all listened enraptured!