|Lisa, Lucas, Kai and Peter bag
|Quiniscoe Mountain seen
from Quiniscoe Lake
Another significant event was sharing the trail with two mountain goats. We were very fortunate to sit ourselves just off the trial and allowed these amazing creatures to pass.The fun part was having the goats peer back at us from over the small bluff after they had passed.
What were my big lessons while on this family trip?
- Lucas and Kai love wildlife... they always want to see creatures, big and small, in their natural environment.
- Sometimes, children need a firm reminder that they are capable and need to push though to achieve their goals (even if they have been set by their parents)
- Durvla Murphy is correct in that we need to be reminded we are still animals and spending time in the solitude of the mountains is time well spent.
...To me that perfection of stillness is the grace of the mountains poured into one's soul.....I know and have always known that we 20th century humans need to escape at intervals from that alien world which has so abruptly replaced the environment that bred us. We need to be close to, and opposed to, and sometimes subservient to, and always respectful of the physical realities of the planet we live on. We need to receive its pure silences and attend to its winds, to wade thru its rivers and sweat under its sun, to plough thru its sands and sleep on its bumps. Not all the time but often enough for us to remember that we are animals. Clever animals yet ultimately dependent, like any other animals on the forces of Nature... - Dervla Murphy