In the woods, things go by a LOT slower. You can get aquatinted with the scenery and even sit down on it when you’ve a mind. There are dozens of things you can bring home with you. Pine cones, leaves, interesting stones, fungus, lichen, gnarly sticks, mossy bark and if you have remembered to bring your shovel, you can even get yourself a small tree.
I’ve done it. And I can show you the yard where those transplanted trees are growing today.
In the woods a person can think. The smell of pine needles is way better for thinking than a bunch of cars breaking wind let me tell you. Now if you have decided to have a sit down on a log for a good think in the woods, you might be distracted by a few carpenter ants. If that happens, move to a rock. Solutions to problems are a lot simpler in the woods.
Now it IS true in the woods you might run across some local characters that could startle you. The only ones I would worry about are the mountain lions and the bears. And come to think of it, you might as well not worry about the mountain lions anyway because most likely he will be watching you first and you won’t have a clue what hit you, till he hits you. So instead you might just want to worry about the bears a little, but not too much. Usually you have to go WAY into the woods to run across a bear, and we are just talking about a little stroll, not a wilderness adventure.
It’s possible that you might be startled by a lizard in the woods. They like to run through the dry leaves just to see humans jump. And if they are lucky the human will jump AND let out a squeaky “EEK !” They really like that, so I don’t do it. I just do the jump thing because it’s a reflex and I can’t help it. But then I go over and poke the leaves with a stick to show them I know what they’re up to.
Otherwise, the remaining creatures you see won’t be alarming. Deer, hawks, jackrabbits, pheasants all just take off when they see you. But we wish they would hang around so we could get a better look at them. But you aren’t in charge in the woods. You pretty much have to take what comes.
So next time, bring your basket and we’ll gather some pine cones and I’ll show you a really great spot to see wild orchids. And there is a place up by the creek where I planted an Atlas cedar once, we will go see if it is still growing there. Because I know that in a few more days . . .I’m going to need to take a walk in the woods.