Dinosaur Hunting

I’ve always enjoyed a long walk in the woods. Not a deep woods, helicoptered in Revenant style trek. One of my best friends takes trips like that, and I’ll leave him to it.  A well maintained trail, devoid of any animals that could potentially rip my face off, is enough for me. Fresh air, nice scenery, and the peace and quiet of nature.  If it loops around so that I end up in the vicinity of the starting point, that’s a bonus.

The peace and quiet I no longer get.

My current hiking companion doesn’t seem to understand what either of those words mean, or why daddy so desperately craves them.

Now every exposed tree root is a potential dinosaur bone. Tracks in the snow are proof that they are in the area. There will be a minimum of three times that she trips and falls and at least two arguments about which way to go. Every rock is a mountain to be climbed and photographed. There’s often singing.

I’m speaking of the four year old, of course, not my wife. My wife knows that the dinosaurs are extinct.

 

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The first real “date” that we  went on was a hike. I got us madly lost in Mohegan Park, a scenario that has repeated itself often over the years, both on trail and roadway.  We learned more about each other in those four hours than on any Thirsty Thursdays out with our co-workers. We used to go out walking with the teenager fairly often, but like most things family related, she now has more important things that she needs to be doing.

For now the four year old still likes us, so we try and get her outside as much as possible.  The hope is that it’s an activity that she continues to enjoy as she gets older. Something that she looks back on fondly.  To her these aren’t walks in the woods, but epic adventures. I’m constantly in awe at both her imagination and her ability to adapt her perception of her surroundings to reconcile it to what’s really going on.

Taking advantage of the strongest el nino weather system in a decade and the weirdest winter I can remember, we spent a good portion of last Sunday dinosaur hunting in Old Furnace State Park. Even with a bright pink sweatshirt and hat, she was convinced her camouflage pants would be enough to remain undetected if we spotted some.

The truth is that we weren’t going to be sneaking up on anybody or anything. It was a great hike, but neither peaceful or quiet.

 

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31 thoughts on “Dinosaur Hunting”

  1. Every time my 9 year old goes hiking with me, he tells me all sorts of stories about the woods and its usually a scary story. He has an awesome imagination too and I hope he never loses it. It’s certainly not a peaceful walk with him but on the bright side, he’s stimulating my brain while my body gets exercise. LOL! #happydiaries

  2. Oh I do love a walk in the woods too and it is always made special when you have a little one with you, isn’t it? Not to mention an over-excitable dog! And I can imagine why this is your place of calm, looks lovey! #happydiaries.

  3. Ha ha, kids, they always have something to say, and usually very loudly 🙂 I used to love hiking and rambling too for the quiet and the peace, but those days are long gone, especially now with a kid 😀 #whatevertheweather

  4. It’s great getting the kids out at this young age, when they still want to go out with you and have adventures. I love it when they use their imagination to create amazing adventures out and about. We like to get outside every day if we can and really hope that the boys continue to do so for the rest of their lives. Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  5. It’s so good to go out as much as possible when they’re this young and they still want to go out with you. I know when I became a teenager I gave up on all of that and now I’m older again I’m back in love with exploring the outdoors. It’s made even more beautiful and fun when they use their imaginations like this to create adventures. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather x

  6. I love walking with kids and seeing the world through their eyes. Its a great way to get in touch with your inner child (that sounds so naff doesnt it).
    Thanks for sharing with us, Tracey xx #happydiaries

  7. Beautifully said. Isn’t it amazing how much a child can imagine from ordinary things? From the sounds of it your 4 year old has quite the vivid mind, and good for you for continuing to encourage that! Days of pretend play with kids are numbered, so I often savor whatever I can of it, because in my mind, they’ll never be this innocent and this little again. Might as well have some fond memories of it, right?

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful piece with us on #SHINEbloghop!

  8. I had to laugh when you mention that she was hoping to go undetected despite the bright pink hoody and cap haha my little one loves dinosaurs and until I read this I hadn’t thought about creating a dinosaur themed walk. I know what we will be doing tomorrow. Thanks for sharing #HappyDaysLinky

  9. That’s lovely, cherish it! We hope to instil the love of the outdoors into our little Robot. He seems to take so much in on walks, looking at the trees and sky.

  10. lol isn’t it amazing how much life changes when you have kids along for the ride! Those quiet & peaceful walks are a thing of the past. Your daughter sounds like my kids – it’d be just the same way. Loud & full of laughs! #HappyDays

  11. My girls love being outside and I am so glad as it is so great to get out and get fresh air.
    Thank you for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

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