One of my FAVORITE things in the whole world is having a positive influence on children!! They are SUCH sponges, absorbing so much of the input they are presented with every day that we simply cannot afford to miss the opportunity to impact their entire future by showing them the excitement that comes from nurturing their bodies while also living in harmony with our planet.
In 2015 I had the honor of hosting the most INCREDIBLE family at our homestead...Shelley, whom I had met during our mutual visit at the Optimum Health Institute the previous year, wanted to bring her two small children to the wilderness of Alaska.
She didn't know what she was getting into!!!..........
When I picked them up at a local hotel in the city of Kodiak & I saw that they had NINE pieces of HARD-CASE luggage, I realized that I MYSELF didn't know what I was in for!! (Helpful Hint: When traveling in Alaska, soft-sided luggage like duffel bags is often the better choice, especially the "Dry Bag" style!) We somehow managed to get all their gear into the canopy-covered truck bed & headed out for the long drive over the mountain pass that we must traverse in order to get to the bay where our boat was tied up. Little Ozzie was NOT happy, right from the start, & as most parents know, when the kiddo ain't happy, ain't NObody happy! We reached Anton Larsen Bay & offloaded alllllll that gear & the groceries that we had packed the truck to the gills with. When everybody had their life vests on & was settled in we cast the lines & headed out. Once we got out into Marmot Bay we discovered what Mother Nature had in store for us...four foot NorthEast swells coming in from the Gulf of Alaska meant our ride was gonna be very stressful, for the whole five+ miles it would take to get across Marmot Bay before we would find shelter. I put on a happy face & treated it like a carnival ride, so they did too, & eventually Ozzie fell asleep from the rise & fall of the waves. Once we got into Whale Pass we were protected from the waves by the land mass of Whale Island & could breathe easier, enjoying the scenery & marine life for the rest of the ride home.
Once the fam was settled into their cabin overlooking the ocean I had assumed they'd be overwhelmed by the natural, untainted beauty of the Alaskan wilderness, but because Shelley & her kiddos were visiting in late May, the maritime environment was still quite cool & damp. Having hailed from sunny Utah, the fam was chilled to the bone & wwwwwayyyyyyy out of their element! By Day Two Shelley was having second (& third & fourth) thoughts & was considering maybe requesting a ride back to civilization. She will ALWAYS be dear to my heart because she decided to stick to her guns & give it a go....& OOOOHHHH, the fun we had over the coming weeks!
When the kids arrived at Mystic Mountain they had an aversion to getting dirty & were rather finicky eaters. Over the course of their three weeks at the homestead, as we built a rapport, they gradually started stepping out of their comfort zone more & more. They took a HUGE leap when they became my powerful allies against garden pests & I annointed them as Official Slug Slayers!! Ella was so impacted by the havoc that those slimy critters leave in their wake that she later created this awesome book:
We went for hikes in the woods all the way back to our "Secret Swing" where we took turns for nearly an hour. I took Shelley & the kiddos fishing & they caught their first fish EVER!!! Since they'd caught the fish themselves they were willing to try eating them at dinner, & we were all tickled that they each decided upon a favorite fish. Sir Ozzie liked salmon while Miss Ella preferred "whitefish," a.k.a. halibut. We spent one misty afternoon indoors making seed tape for the gardens, which the kids helped plant them in the soil. Well, Oz helped plant while Ella played with worms! At least neither of them gave a rip about getting dirty anymore...LOL! In fact, when we weren't paying constant attention Ella planted her own little potato garden, right in the driveway in front of the hoophouses! We protected the area by marking it with a stone border & toward the end of the summer, when harvest time rolled around, I dig up Ella's potatoes & mailed them to her back home in Utah! I was happy to hear back from them that shortly after their return home they'd started their OWN garden!
“Go out, go out I beg of you. And taste the beauty of the wild. Behold the miracle of the earth. With the wonder of a child.” Edna Jacques
No matter what ages your children are there are plenty of activities to keep everybody enthralled for the duration of your OFF THE CHARTS Family Adventure Vacation! We will work with you ahead of time to arrange an itinerary that will include your choice of things like:
Exploring the worlds hidden in your garden Feeding the chickens & collecting fresh eggs Kayaking & Beachcombing Fishing, processing your catch & ways to cook your catch Geo Caching (like a treasure hunt utilizing GPSs or compasses) Building shelters Arts-n-Crafts