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Feb. 23, 2017
Waning Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Jesse, Edie & Kai absent.

Archer’s mother joined us today and at the end of the day one of Jake’s thank you’s was :’ I am happy that Archer’s Mom was here today.’

The day was an on going Hide and go Seek game with the Cloud Children and the Sun. They just LOVED to cover His face up so that the sky was gray and the air was cold and then UNCOVER the Sun so that we became warm and basking in Sun’s Rays again.
This brought about nothing less then great gratitude for the warmth of Sun!

Circle time’s story was filled with many little figurines of animals and Trippy Truppy and Trilly truppy having circle time. In this story Everyone had a job! and then, Tripppy Troopy told a story about Why Grandpa Sun ALWAYS Shines every morning and Why we Always sing to Him. The children loved this as well as the little figurines and played with them after story. After the story they all received their own jobs at Tender Tracks.
Ruby and Isabella: helpers of passing out the stuffed animals
Jake: Thank you plate person
Archer: Snack Helper
Kuba: Guardian of Safety ( he carries a small first aid kit)

We gathered and began our adventure to a familiar spot on the other side of the Alpine lake. Ruby very quickly on got very wet so Michelle ran back to the bus for her clothes. While she was doing that Kuba tripped over some rocks and got quite a big puffy lip and some scraps. He was tended to and while that was happening Archer’s Mom changed Ruby from wet to dry!

Kuba was in a quiet and rested state for a good portion of the day after that. Jake was a bit under the weather yet was delighted to play with all his Tender Tracks friends. Ruby was in high spirits and so delighted with being in nature and playing, mostly with Isabella yet also with Jake and everyone else. Today she even climbed way high up into a tree fort that someone had built!! Isabella was also a very happy camper and delighted with her play.

She and Ruby had made a place called “Japan” and there, next to the lake, they caught a lot of “fish” and were making great meals. Isabella made some rice and beans for us all. Jake came over and he was really clearing things out for everyone with a stick that was transformed, by all of them, into a digging stick, a scythe and hoe and many other things they wanted it to be. Kuba at the end of the day found the perfect place to put it so that we can find it again when we return. Archer was delighted to be with his mom and when she left he loved, loved climbing up the same tree fort that Ruby did.

The entire day was very, very peaceful even in the midst of Kuba’s fall. Jake came immediately to his aid as well and brought little plants that he got wet in order to clean some of the blood off of his hands. It was all quite gently rolling and finding the right rhythm. And speaking of Rhythm, Jake LOVED playing music so he and I began using a log with sticks to sing many songs. Isabella came by, Ruby came by, and Kuba was listening on the bench as he lay in the sun. We sang and played great music for everyone.

We all had fun watching the ducks on the water and the birds in the sky when we first got to our spot. They all sat lined up on this long log made into bench and we just sat there noticing Life all around us.  So very, very gentle.

When we got back to the bus the children drew in their nature books while others were getting changed and then we made our way back and, made it RIGHT ON TIME!

Feb. 21, 2017
Waning Crescent Moon
Terra Firma Farms

Archer and Edie on Holiday.

We thought today would have some rain and that it would be quite nice to go someplace with shelter as well as access to outside. Kai and his Mother live and have invited us many times to come. Today was the day.

Ruby, Isabella, Kuba, Jesse and Jake had a lovely time coming and going on this longer ride. It is the longest ride we have ever taken. It was also such a joy to ride in our new bus Juniper Rose. She rides so well, sturdy and strong. I was filled with great appreciation. I was also filled with great appreciation for seeing the children again after so long!

When we got there we were greeted by Kai and his Mother and then walked over to Michelle, her children and a friend of her daughters. They had made a beautiful fire for us all. But, the sky world gave nothing but Sun rays, some gray clouds, cool breezes and NO RAIN, the entire day!

The children looked at the fire but when they saw the large covered area with a stage, brooms and hay on the floor they INSTANTLY got to work. Kuba, Jesse and Jake LOVED, LOVED, LOVED! sweeping up the floor and Ruby and Isabella got into creating a “performance.” Their audience: Michelle’s children and friend. The three of them were in very sweet delight to see the children play. What was so beautiful was the ease and great unity that was going on. I wish you could have seen Kuba in particular, sweeping, sweeping, sweeping away. He just didn’t want to stop!!!!

We finally had a small circle around the fire with snack, a few songs and a short story because, Kai’s Mom’s group wanted to take us on a tour of the animals so, off we went.

We got to see the ducks in the pond and hear stories about them. We went to go see the pigs but they weren’t there so we went to go see the CUTEST little pigmy goats!!! They were bleating about, romping around, letting us feed them and pet them. Most of the children however, were a little hesitant about feeding them and chose to put the food they were given on the ground for the goats to get.

We then went back to the pigs. And, these pigs were in the true proverbially saying “Hog Heaven” as they literally, ROLLED, laid, sniffed, snorted and squealed with piggy delight in the mud pit. Their hair had the most incredible red, cooper and sun like shine. We even got to see them have tussles with each other. We watched them for quite awhile. It really was a bit mesmerizing as well as intriguing. None of the children wanted to jump in and roll around like the pigs though. Hmmmmmm, I just am not sure why! 🙂

Ruby began the journey, at the pigs, of finding Lady Bugs and the story we had was about Spring being right around the corner. So, the journey of finding Spring commenced. There are truly signs of Spring sprouting up all around us!

We finally went back to where the fire was and our packs. The children went right under the over hang and began to play with the brooms and the hay. If we were to get any further then this place we knew we had to leave now so, drinks of water and then off we went up the hill to a big lake. The walk was filled with streams, mud, fences to go under, lands and hills that we could see as far as our eyes could see. There was a great peace and quiet where we were  that was deeply nourishing and refreshing.

We finally made it to where the lake was. Michelle’s son saw a Jack Rabbit but the rest of us did not. We just went looking for it, to no avail. We walked through a creek, through mud and grass until we got to some stones next to the lake. There we ate our lunch and the sky world gave us some Gray clouds without any rain.  A moth was found and we noticed how it blended in so well on the rock in front of us.  Check out our facebook page to see the photo.

We watched a man fishing across the lake and catching and releasing many fish. They all accept, Isabella, Ruby and I, went over and talked with him for a bit. Then Isabella, Ruby and I went the opposite direction and met them all. Isabella thought it was REALLY fun to keep slipping in the mud, getting up, doing it again and laughing and laughing and laughing.

The day went by quickly so after a bit it was time to get our packs and make our way down the hill. I was in the rear with Kai, Ruby and Isabella. They were taking their time and having such a good, good time!  When we all got together they felt and discovered that the fire went completely out! We made a circle, sang our good bye song and went to the bus. Kai said good bye and met back up with his Mom.

A beautiful day had by all and new adventure as well.
Good to be back and the children clearly loved being back with each other as there were so many hugs, smiles and great joys for seeing and being with one another.

Feb. 7 & 9, 2017
Waxing Gibbous Moon

Tuesday was canceled due to my on going illness that got hold of me like a snapping turtle and refused to let go no matter what crowbar’s were being used!!!

The 9th we canceled the day one more time this year due to extreme weather hazards and the public schools closing as well.

There were pictures of Peri park flooded and Parts of Bolinas Rd closed. along with parts of San Anselmo.

In 21 years Tender Tracks has never had to navigate around this kind of weather.
We are grateful for the long awaited rains and appreciative of your patience with such unexpected adventures.