Finding Opportunities to Explore the Outdoors

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Anyone that knows our family is fully aware that Mr. O is a huge nature lover and the boys typically follow suit.  I enjoy my occasional explorations as well, although the rustic backpack camping expeditions that the boys do with their dad and the Scout Troop are not my cup of tea.

For this week’s Blog Cruise, the them is exploring the great outdoors.  If there is one thing about living in Alaska, there is no way you can NOT easily get outdoors and explore God’s creation.  It is all around you, even in Anchorage!

Rather than do just a showcase post featuring previous posts here on the blog, I thought I’d find some photos that haven’t been published.  You can always read more about our Alaskan Adventures which include both outdoor and attraction based posts.

When the weather is good, the boys love to get rides on the back of Mr. O’s 4 wheeler.  If we decide to stay here for the long haul, we seriously need to get a couple of newer ones for the family.  There are so many locations that are best accessed with those machines in the warm weather months.

4 Wheeling with Dad in the backyard

Whether it is in the backyard or at a campout, a campfire with s’mores is a must do in the summer months.  Below is a photo from when my sister and her family came to visit in May.  Talk about a great way to build relationships and memories at the same time.

Scourching a Marshmallow for a S'More

This past May also saw the older boys at a weeklong horsemanship camp for Boy Scouts.  Although they were hesitant at first, the ended up loving the horses and almost wished we could have our own.

Horseback Riding in Early Summer

Showing Horsemanship Skills

We were very blessed to spend an afternoon at a local lake with friends that have since moved back east.  They brought their kayaks with them and the older boys loved the chance to get on the water.  My silly D decided he’d already gotten a little wet and ended up swimming in his clothes.

Testing the Waters on a KayakKayaking with Friends near Camp GorsuchGetting Soaked in the Lake

Other times, we just enjoy walking through nature whether to see a particular site or to pay a visit to a big brother at Boy Scout camp.

Hiking back on a Fossil Hunt near Palmer Alaska

Heading Away from Boy Scout camp site

Regardless of what we are doing, the enjoyment is almost always the same.  And, I must admit that there are times when just sitting outside and basking in God’s handiwork is just what this mother sometimes needs the most.

Peaceful Setting at Victory Bible Camp Chickaloon Alaska

Check out what other Schoolhouse Review Crew members have to say about Exploring the Great Outdoors!  

 

How does your family explore the natural world around you?

   

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A Catholic mom to four boys, Laura has been homeschooling since 2005. Currently, one son is in school while the others are at home. When not 'working', she is enjoying life up in Alaska.

Comments

  1. It is one of my dreams to visit Alaska someday!! My family enjoys riding 4 wheelers and camping too :)

  2. Gorgeous pics! What a beautiful place to live and explore.

  3. Kaitlin M says:

    Love the pictures. It looks like you had a great time.

  4. My kids are still pretty young, but we did manage to go camping this summer. Our 2 year old loved sitting around the campfire and eating a hot dog!

  5. It is surely an amazing adventure for everyone. I wish our family can have the chance to the outdoor activities too.
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  6. We love being outdoors but I’m not much of hiker so the park or the back yard works for us :)
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  7. I enjoyed hearing about your family and the lovely pictures! How wonderful to have your children doing such fun activities.

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