Tender Tracks Tues. Day 61

May 16, 2017
Roy’s Redwoods
Waning Gibbous Moon

Everyone was here today well, all accept the great warm Spring Sun.  It was cold and over cast most of the day and sprinkles began, ever so small, at lunch time.

When we got to Roy’s Redwoods they ran to their favorite spots and began to play.  As they were playing Michelle spotted something quite exceptional on the ground: a fully intact yet dead snake!  We really wondered if it was dead or not but after noticing what the head, and skin looked like and that there was NO movement, no breathing, no wiggle AT ALL, it was clear that it had died. But, HOW!!!  Did it eat something? Did something eat inside of him? I did see a small wiggly creature about 1/2 inch long and about as thin as a thick piece of hair crawl out of his lower body. Did that happen before or after it died?  These and more were the questions, curious questions that were asked.  The children went to make a burial place with Michelle and then Edie and Jesse picked it up and brought it over.  They all helped cover it( video on our FB page) and put fern on it for beauty and gratitude.

We then went to circle.  Songs sung and the story from last Thursday repeated. It was a sequential tale that enabled them to chime in often with all the parts and, they did with glee!!!

They found a smaller bridge from the one that they usually see and one that they built and were very, very delighted with that.  We then got ready to go on our adventure up the open aired trail and to our beloved Redwood Cathedral, bouncy tree and other fun places to play.

Archer and Jake went to build a boat and asked me to come with them.  Jesse and Kuba had a BLAST!!!! playing on the bouncy tree. The girls did that as well as played inside the cathedral.  I was with either Archer or Jake a lot of the day helping them build as well as gathering fire making material that they found.  Jesse and someone else ran over to let us know it was lunch. When we got to the Cathedral it was beautifully set up. There we ate and, as mentioned, little, very little, drops of rain fell upon us.

After lunch they ALL ran over to where Archer and Jake had been building and playing and spent the rest of the day working together to make a home in this small little opening of a tree.  Michelle made her legs into a slide and many thought that that was GREAT. Archer and I did some target practice too in another area close by.

My favorite image was seeing Ruby drag this very large piece of wood all the way over to the house and Kuba asking Michelle and I to help pick up a VERY LARGE PIECE OF WOOD to use as the roof!!

When back in the bus they loved hearing all about their day and what they did and then off we went back to the park to be picked up.

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