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I make it a priority to spend as much time outdoors as I can. A few years back I discovered that a significant part of my personal growth was directly related to the amount of time I spent outdoors in nature – it helped me expand in every area of my life. When I’m looking for time out from the business of life and daily routine; or when I notice my kids need it too, one of the easiest places to go is Little Red River Park, a boreal paradise! Many of my childhood memories include bits and pieces of this special place that reaches just beyond the city and throughout the next few weeks I’m going to highlight the wonder that sparked my natural curiosity as a child and continues to enchant me as an adult.
Imagine my yard without dandelions. Almost impossible. Last week they were out in full force; sweet fuzzy buttons of sunshine waiting to be plucked by little hands. Those blossoms by now have turned to seed and are waiting even more so to be blown away with the wind. I know there are those of us who curse them and will attempt anything to rid them for good but there are a select few of us who embrace them too. I am one of those people. Two quick facts about dandelions that I’ve learned in the past year: bears love them and every part of the plant, from the root to the blossom, is completely edible either raw or cooked and is loaded with vitamins and nutrients.
As we embark full swing into the spring season, my kids are always so anxious to spend every minute they can outside and explore the outdoors – I don’t blame them one bit as we are often confined to our homes during the cold winter months. As a parent for 23 years, I’ve learned there is ALWAYS one way to reset kids (everyone of us for that matter) and encourage good healthy coping habits when they are struggling: being and doing in the outdoors.
It is no secret that I was not raised in a hunting family nor did I have really any interest in it until I began my journey within the firearms culture. That particular journey is a very long and interesting story, in my opinion, and I’ll tell it in detail one day, but for today I find myself reflecting on all the reasons I chose to make hunting part of my lifestyle.
Exploring our local terrain is the easiest way for me to keep active during all seasons of the year – and we definitely get a wealth of all four seasons. As winter said its slow goodbye and we are welcomed by spring’s gentle kiss, my attention was serendipitously drawn to a local spot that is frequented by many outdoor enthusiasts. With the help of a dear friend I recently discovered the Kristi Lake Nature Trail; I was captivated by the beauty and serenity that this little piece of heaven has to offer. I don’t know how I missed out on this little gem all these years! I’ve developed a love for hiking over the last few years and I am grateful for it as it provides such an amazing outlet for all four areas of my health: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.