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8/29/13 2:01 P

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I know this is a really old post, but I just joined the team.

I have been enjoying outdoor activities since I was kid. I grew up in the country and my friends and I would hike through the timber all day long all year round. No one ever cared whose ground was whose, just so long as you did not damage anything.

My funniest memory was finding a wolf that was frozen in its tracks while walking one winter. My husband insists my story is wrong and that it was a dog or coyote (or a mix). He may be right, but my friend and I were very excited to see it.

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4/13/11 12:41 A

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That's funny you reminded me when I was a kid how I use to play survivor. I use to play that I was lost in the woods and a lot of times there was always a big snow storm. I would play how I would survive in this store in the woods. Sometimes I would have to huddle with others, sometimes i would stumble upon a cabin witch would be my room or sometimes I would only have my bed only. lwould have to figure out how to survive, always my favorite game to play.

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4/13/11 12:12 A

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The FIRST memory of the outdoors.....that gets a person really quiet and thoughtful doesn't it. Wow. Three years old....my dad is putting in a lawn in front of the first home they owned. I put on my overalls like my dad had on...both of us without any shirts on....and I took my shovel and we were digging in the dirt together and I think I must of thought it didnt get much better than that . I (from then on) would rather be outside the house than inside...and its still how i feel. I used to play club leader and my brothers were in my club. My folks were ahead of their time really for living here in the Bay Area atleast, becasue you see nobody else had every dogone fruit tree, vegetable, and you name it from flowers, grasses- to artichokes and sweetpeas growing in our backyard. the entire backyard was a farmers market really. So my little brothers and I would have this club and pretend that the only food we had to eat ever - had to be from our backyard. So that might be why I love everything that you can grow- no aversions to anything, altho Joel my 9 years younger brother used to hate meost all veggies and by the 3rd kid I think sometimes parents are just too tired to push that last kid to eat right, or atleast "try it " as they used to say. We munched on everything that we could apples-cherry tomatoes, altho Joel spit those out - lol!
So yeh I did all the biking, gymnastics on Kathy's lawn, nature hikes, girlscouting- camping, swimming was my forte tho. I love anything to do with H20!! took 14 years of swimming lessons,I was a life guard, swim instructor, Water Babies instructor,on the swim team and sychronized swim teams(water ballet) here and Hawaii, i learned to surf,we always had a swimming pool, and we have one now as well
. I loved horseback riding(showing, jumping, rodeos)....shoot I loved just cleaning the mud out of a horses shoe! I used to run when I was small thru the fields back behind my house PRETENDING i was a horse! I could gallop for an hour nonstop I think!
**** now get this- I NEVER SAW SNOW UNTIL I WAS LIKE 16 OR SO YEARS OLD THO....but when I did.....I learned to ski right away. Oceans- love the beach, love the Redwood forests here in CA. I recall all of my life, using my room for homework and sleep...the rest - OUTDOORS. Thank you for the time to think, to remember, to feel the first time I felt rain and the first time I saw hail hit the ground, of course - it was all outdoors . Love you DC.....yer one of a kind!
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OMG! I almost forgot something- the time I went "out back " behind mom and dads house and "saved" 900 pollywogs, raised them in a huge plastic hat box and then they all grew up into 900 teeney frogs, which they still have some to this day.

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2/21/11 4:36 P

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Ever since I was really young, my family and I always went on a camping trip at least once a summer and we still do. We go hiking and swimming (as long as the water is warm enough). I always look forward to going on this trip. The scenery is breathtaking and it is the best way to relax. It is one of my favorite places to be.

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2/20/11 10:32 A

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My folks took us camping a lot, first in the tent, later in a Winnebago, good times either way, but I think we "bonded" more in the tent...I recall one camping trip at Patrick's Point, it rained almost as soon as we got there, we pitched the large Coleman Tent with the giant aluminum poles, and hunkered down with a deck of cards, and just played all weekend, until the rain stopped. We went out to find the tent (and everything else) completely covered in mayflies! But it was beautiful, sunny and fresh....also got to see those banana slugs Maui mentioned back on a different thread, fascinating creatures...



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2/20/11 8:23 A

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Jen, it's so true about the size of a yard! I went back to my childhood home in my 20s and I couldn't believe how much smaller everything looked. It's like, as kids, we see everything in miniature. I love that.

I also love all of these stories. The farm, the banana seat, the cabin, the tent. It makes me excited to watch my nephew, who skates on a pond in his backyard and drives a tractor around with his dad, and goes hiking in the woods across the dirt road from his house. I always wonder what he'll remember most of these things.

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2/19/11 10:09 P

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Growing up on a farm... always outside making "pets" out of all the farm animals, climbing trees, "hiking" through cornfields pretending we were in a jungle, riding our horses, hayrides, sleeping in a tent (made out of a big canvas tarp thrown over our swing set) in the back yard pretending we were camping in the wilderness (before we were old enough to actually "really" camp in the wilderness, sitting around bonfires at night with my parents watching for shooting stars, building snow tunnels and snow forts in the huge snowdrifts we always got every winter in the fields around our farmhouse... and visiting my grandparents at a lake every summer...swimming all day long until our teeth were chattering because we didn't want to come out of the water, fishing with my grandma in her rowboat using long bamboo poles and worms we dug up for bait (and grandma & grandpa teaching me to clean the fish I caught)....

Wouldn't trade those growing up memories for anything (thanks DC for starting this topic, good to stop and think back to those sweet times)


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2/19/11 9:31 P

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My father built a cabin in the mountains about the time I was born. So grew up making forts out of trees, dirt bike riding, playing cars in the dirt, watching wild life, climbing trees, sledding, taking picnics further in the woods. Also my father had a adventures spirit and liked to camp and travel. So we visited most of the national parks in the west camping..

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2/19/11 9:19 P

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Maybe kindergarten... I have lovely memories of my first banana seat bike, riding my first horse, sledding in my backyard, tag, treehouses at my friends house, the little swimming hole full of fish, (all around the ages of 5 and 6). Lovely memories! The outdoor world was so much smaller then. It only went about two by two blocks, the size of our little town... all around that was farms and fields as far as the eye could see. We were always outside when I was little. Soon enough Atari was brought to the neighborhood, and I remember packman holding some fascination for us... who knew how video games, computers, and cell phones would change our children's worlds. And that is exactly why every year we take family mini vacations to camp or hike or fish...

Jennifer:)

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2/19/11 7:35 P

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I've been thinking a lot recently about my childhood and its impact on my life. When did you first realize you had fallen in love with the outdoors?

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