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It was Nugget who started it. He suddenly got all boyish and started climbing things all over the place, including trees. Of course, his side kick, Doo Dah, followed suit and soon I had two boys making their way up and over things everywhere we went. Dew Drop is trying to join in, but his skills are fairly limited at this point in time. The Minx looks on with an "as if you would" look on her face, cuddling her latest teddy to her chest. She doesn't look like she'll be joining her brothers any time soon.
I surprised the kids and joined in this week.
I couldn't help myself! She was a perfect tree. Lots of low lying branches and nooks and crannies for explorers to get lost in. Not too high as to scare us, but high enough so we could see the world from a different angle. It was a liberating experience!
There are many benefits to be gained from the humble tree climb:
- It is great exercise (especially for the arms and legs).
- It is stimulating, and never boring because no two trees are the same.
- It can be done anywhere! Luckily where we live, we have trees are all around us and many of them are perfect for climbing.
- It enables you to connect with nature. Sitting high in the branches of a tree you will find a sense of wholeness that only being in nature provides.
- It offers something for many of the senses - touch, sight, smell, hearing (probably not taste unless you are a one year old who is still into 'mouthing')
- It is cheap!
- It can be done all year round. Even in the chilly winter weather we are experiencing in Sydney at the moment, the bare trees are ripe for climbing!
Nowadays in the era of OHS, you should probably invest in a harness and rope if you or your kids plan to get 'into' tree climbing, but I think for us recreational tree climber types, 'naked' climbing adds to the adventure (just don't choose a tree that is too high!).
Climbing my first tree in about 30 years (yep! I am old enough to say that. Sigh) was without doubt the best thing I have done this week!
What has been keeping you busy?