Tender Tracks Tues. Week 27 Day 53

April 16, 2019
Waning Gibbous Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Luna was absent today.

What a glorious day it was back from holiday.  We were sad that Luna was home sick and glad that all travelers were back and ready to go.
The weather was cloudy, cool, sunny and at times hot throughout the day changing often yet never unpleasant.  Signs of Spring were simply every where with new life, new color, new vibrancy. And, the children, particularly the boys, looked bigger, longer, and older.

The mood was one of ease, flow and happy.
When we got to the lakes throughout the morning there were many groups of parents, teachers and children being in and around the entire area.  We went to our fire pit and set up there.  Instantly there was finding newts, water, and their favorite trees to play in.  Ruby went off with Josie and Ellie and they became Deer eating wild edibles. They found beautiful shelf mushrooms and creatures underneath these mushrooms.  The boys were so very happy playing in their “Redwood home.”  Their game for quite a while and throughout the day was that of being “Wild Care Tenders.”  They were guardians of all the creatures in the forest.

I was setting up the fire to cook on and Ellie and Josie struck the matches to get it lit and, IT WORKED! Poof! the fire was lit and alive.  From there all of them came over as we cooked tortillas, cheese and for Eamon and Ruby, avocados.   Snack was good. When we finished at the table we came back to the fire and I read them a book we always read this time of year Rabbits Wedding. From the story we played “jump the rabbit”. Ruby and I showed them how to do it and then Ruby became the rabbit for them to jump over.  One by one they came over and did it!  ( The game you might know as Leap Frog). After this they scattered for a bit. Ruby went off to the porta potties with Ellie and Josie, I set up something that Theo was really interested in, lot’s of dead bugs, bones, nests and taxidermied birds and mole.  We called them in and I told them many stories about these treasures that they got to feel and or look at. We then packed up after that and made our way to one of their favorite places.

On the way we found many turtles, large ones too, puddles, Redwing blackbirds, Fairy ponds filled with Mosquitos and a race to our fond and familiar place. By the time they ate it was 12:30 and all they wanted to do was continue to play there.  So they ate and scurried off to play.  Ellie and Eamon slipped and fell, got loved and mended. Josie was really happy to play with Theo up on the big laying down tree. Turtles were at the end of the tree with ducks. Cat tails were everywhere and Holden was very happy to be throwing rocks at the side of the tree and seeing what happens but then… 🙁 We had to go and that was not desired. But, up they got and off we went. The girls and Ruby hid from us but not before they left lot’s of markers for us along the trail to see.  But alas, the boys and I were so busy playing along the trail that, believe it or not, WE NEVER SAW THEIR SIGNS THAT THEY LEFT US!! and then we found them hiding and we all laughed and ran down the hill to the bus.

In the bus we had time to draw all the things they enjoyed during the day and then off we went with Ruby telling more tails on down back to the park.

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