Marin Wednesday Day 11, Feb. 8, 2012

Waning Gibbeous Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Today was a gloriously warm, sunny and beautiful day.  The children were alive and filled with enthusiasm and openness.
We hopped on the bus, sang our welcoming songs led by WoHe, the stuffed Orangutang, described jobs to Simone and off we went.  She had a choice to be a Guardian of Safety with Sidona or the Guardian of Directions with Lenny. Well, it was pretty easy to know which she would choose, yes, Guardian of Safety.  She and Sidona had a GREAT time being this today and everyone else enjoyed them being it too.

When we got there Sidona said she was very hungry and others agreed. It was Bodhi’s turn to decide where we were to go but he did not want to choose where we could go to be in the sun and eat so Leo took over.  He took us up this big road that looked like a fire road to our left.  It was  a steep hike up but all were troopers.  Lenny really wanted to take us somewhere and it was some work to let Leo and Bodhi choose so he became the “Scout” of the group and that worked out for everyone. He ran up ahead to check out spots that looked like they might work for us and what a help that was!!!  We wound up not only finding a great place to eat but a cross road of two trails!  As we were eating a woman came hiking down and described to us what was along each trail.  The upper one sounded the best and Bodhi liked that one so, after lunch that was where we went.  However, while we were eating Simone said “Where’s the story?”  Oh yes, where was the story and which story.  “Tell about the girl and the Gnomes!” “No tell about….” I can’t remember the second suggestion and then there was a third one but finally I let them know that I was hearing a story right then and there and it was just for Valentines day about, yes, about….a GNOME!! So I told them another Gnome story and his friend finding heart rocks and using them to help his friend find his way and….. on it went.  It was then time to pack up and go off on the trail.

Oh my, this trail was BEAUTIFUL!!!  Each step we walked there were wonderful things to find and Sidona brought us into the world of mushrooms, again.  How great because by the end of the day ALL the children were having fun finding mushrooms and we were all entranced with this world.  I told stories about different mushrooms and about how they help us all and we gathered different lichen and moss to make Fairy houses.  The children found different trees to play on and then Lenny had to go poop. So, time out, off I took Lenny and when he was done, Simone and Sidona had made great and beautiful Fairy houses and down the trail we went.   It didn’t take us too long before they found this GREAT Madrone or “refrigerator tree” to swing on.  And there we stayed for the rest of the afternoon.

This tree had the perfect and thick enough branch to sit on, bounce on and yet not break at all.  One to four children would sit on one end and one or more children would pull it up and down and up and down.  What fun they had!  Simone sat on it like a fine lady riding side saddle.  She just needed a paras0l and all would have been well.  Leo was the first to create this job of giving children rides.  After that they all chimed in at different times and taking turns.  Then, Leo said he got a little cut.  There was no blood but the girls really wanted to do their job, Guardian of Safety,or as Lenny calls it, Dr.  They both took out their pouches with a few different things in them and “DR’d” everyone that wanted it. Then Leo and Lenny got really into pretending they were getting hurt and this went on for quite a while.  Bodhi and Lenny had  a beautiful and involved conversation while Bodhi sat on the tree and Lenny was asking him all about Tigers and such. Bodhi of course had quite a bit to say about that subject.
They all just had so much fun on this Nature made bouncy toy and the surrounding area.

Not knowing how long it would take to get back it seemed time to pack up and off we went. But alas, we didn’t get too far again when we saw the most amazing views and then LOT’S of different kinds of mushrooms that we all got very involved in.  We looked under and around logs and found at least five different varieties plus Witches Butter!  We ran down the hill, all finally found our way to the bottom with just five minutes to spare so, “Let’s take a peak at the waterfall before we go” I said. So, checking for Metal Monsters crossing the concret river, all was clear then we RANNNN and made it over safely.  They really wanted to climb more logs and cross the creak but we really didn’t have time for that so we found fun trees to play in for a few moments.  As I got int he bus they found a California Newt and stayed with that for a bit then, buckled up, sharing thank you’s, big smiles and off we went. But not with out the calling for stories, at least three different kinds and I finally settled on the “Original story of Little Red Cap.”  A story where she felt from the beginning that something was wrong and found her way out of there and got the Woodcutter.
A bit scary for Bodhi, he said.  And the girls loved it and the other boys said boring but, you never know!!!


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