Wednesday, September 30, 2009

babe in the woods

Today baby and I walked on the Appalachian trail. He had been especially observant all morning, waking in a solemn mood, and watching so closely. It felt very important, today, to be in the woods with him, to touch their texture, and witness the first week of autumn.

Plans
Ignored
Ready?
Set...
Go!
(I couldn't help it)

Once Reuben figured out I wanted him to touch, I think he loved it.
Guesses what this photo shows?Reuben is section hiking. A scootin' on the AT.

(Hmm...at a rate of 2 feet per day...that would make...)

13 comments:

sallyavena said...

Little chubby fingers...so adorable. Is it a Reuban track from scooting in the one picture?

vfg said...

Yup! (watch the video). This week he realized he is mobile and it's been such fun to find him all over the house. In a frightening way.

I was trying to take a photo of him sitting on that nice moss bed and he scooted off over and over again. I was laughing so hard.

His first hiking!

Christine Frandsen said...

I love the scooting... looks like Amari somehow taught him her methods?

Mikal said...

He is absolutely darling! You are such a good mom letting him get down and dirty touching all of nature. I love it.

Kylie said...

Ha! I love those photos of him touching the forest! That is fabulous. He is so darling. :)

Snippety Gibbet said...

Section hiking...........rofl.

That was a beautiful post, Valerie.

jan

Alyssa said...

i love the video! thanks for the morning grin...
lucky boy to be exploring with mama.

Cynthia said...

Fabulous! Well done Sally. I just kept looking and wondering. Communal living so we can all be close again?

Kathi D said...

Oh! Those adorable little fingers, learning, learning, learning.

vfg said...

The Goates have been advocating for the commune for lo these many years now...
(and then we moved to Pennsylvania away from everyone we know & gave lie to those ideals. But, hey, we had to make sure our kids lived. Give us a couple more years near that big hospital and then we're up for anything!)

jon and em said...

Beautiful baby, beautiful mom, a perfect day.

I'm in for communal living. I can teach your children how to rope calves!

cfm said...

is it funny that tears come to my eyes as I look at this post? What (I ask myself) could be more precious then a baby appreciating nature? --all of God's greatest accomplishments in one...I wish i was there...maybe I should wednesday in the woods here in SLC!

Christine said...

oh, he just seems so sweet.