“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.”
Walking.... putting one foot in front of the other seems such a simple thing. When you are hiking on the Appalachian Trail there are many of these footfalls. Each one carries meaning in a unique way, and each traveler has their own individual expression that carries on.
My husband, Matt, and I have been so fortunate to both enjoy this extraordinary footpath and to bring our own craft to express this love.
His approach to this style of journaling gave me a vision for my project in designing my lesson plan devoted to nature journaling with elementary school children. These are the key elements I have seen as important: taking time to sit still, observe, use a blank piece of paper, a pencil, and a curious nature–take a risk and reflect on the process.
What am I doing while Matt is sketching?
On one hiking trip, I knitted a wool hat that I finished before the fire and was able to wear to bed to keep me warm. My biggest project was a knitted blanket that was made of 85 individual squares. These squares were carried in my backpack and done over campfires, in the tent during thunderstorms, on breaks sitting on sunny rocks, during car rides which took us and back and forth to our trailhead destinations.
Go out and enjoy NATURE.