11 August 2012

A Babe in the Woods

I'm a big fan of kids, I came from a big family and now I have five kids of my own. My youngest is a real Daddy's boy, always into everything, making b-lines for door when it opens, throwing rocks, eating dirt and wrasslin' the dawgs. A boy's boy if there ever was one. Today was his first long hike, at just shy of eighteen months he's not a through hiker yet!

His favorite past time is rock checkin, once I've confirmed it's just a rock he proceeds to his second favorite past time, rock chuckin'.

Young mullein to the right, we found a lot of that today.

You still back there Dad?

Found some Gooseberry bushes.

And this massive caterpillar, I believe this guy goes on the become a Luna Moth.

Okay Dad, I'll help you find some stuff.

Are these good to eat?

Let me fix my shoes Dad, and we'll get going double time!

More Mullein...

Highbush Cranberry

Okay Dad, I need a higher vantage point.

Passing by 'Methuselah', an ancient tree that just won't fall, been like this for ages now. Guess it's our 'White Tree of Gondor'.

We had to take a siesta about half way back, he was just sapped, he took a little nap on my anorak in a shady spot. Truth be told Dad needed a breather too.


  1. That is so cool!
    I've seen that face befor, those eyes.... He looks a lot like his big sister, right?

    And I have an expert standing next to me, saying he is absolutely adorable... Being a mum makes her an expert, right?

    Keep it up, bro. I really enjoy watching and reading your blog.

  2. Looks like he had a heck of a lot of fun. Keep up the good work, Daddy-o. ;)

  3. My first child was born last sunday. An absolutely perfect little boy. I've been dreaming about the day I can take him out to explore. I really enjoy your blog, and how you incorporate your family into your bushcraft writings. It makes it very human, where some blogs can be very sterile. Congrats on a beautiful family.
    ...also, I like that seiko strapped to your wrist. I had to sell my monster a while back to pay for textbooks. Loved that thing. Ahhhhhh...someday.

  4. Thanks for the words Nathan. They always grow too fast for me, I've got one about to fly the coup in a couple months. Seems like a short time ago I had her on my shoulders walking the cattle fields of my old Virginia home.

    Keep close the memories you make friend.