Looking back on memories of childhood summers, the ones spent running through the forests are the ones that I remember most vividly. We spent a few years living on the Queen Charlotte Islands – and running amidst giant trees, bird sanctuaries and coastlines are the memories that come to mind when I think of childhood.
I remember this vast tree stump that we used to climb up, and sit on. It was so big that it would fit at least a few kids on the top. One of those memories includes jumping off of it, into the shrubs, bushes and branches below. When you’re nine, it felt like you’re twenty feet off of the ground. Looking back, it was like a leap into adventure, running and jumping into the unknown, below.
Of all the summers, that handful spent being so close to natural areas are the ones that I remember the most, twenty years later.
Fast Forward Twenty Years
When your children are recalling their best summers, their best experiences – what are they going to remember? Nature Valley interviewed three generations of families, asking them to recall the fun that they had in their childhood and the answers might make you question your own summer activities. With kids that have access to wi-fi, netflix, iPads and laptop computers even before they start school, we’re even more diligent to make sure that we get outside and make those memories. That’s the goal of #RediscoverNature!
The mini documentary opened my eyes and prompted me to ask my own kids about their favorite things to do, asking about the things they enjoy the most. The answers varied from walking on hoodoos to swimming in the cold glacier water in the mountains, making colored fire in the campground and playing in the pool in the back yard.
Their answers brought me a sigh of relief that for the most part, they have nature in their childhood – but there’s also the risk of outing nature, because of the technology they’re privy to on a regular basis. It’s caused me to be more conscious, more aware, and to just get up and take those impromptu walks through the forest, to plan those spur of the moment camping trips to make sure that nature remains a part of their childhood.
What’s On Our Bucket List?
This year, there are a few things on our bucket list. On a road trip, we’re going to dip our feet in the Pacific Ocean, build a fort in the woods and discover the river valley trails in our own city. We’re going to spend weekends camping, we’re going to wade in waterfalls and explore dark caves with headlamps. As often as we can, we’re going to get out there, and rediscover the nature of the childhood of our own. We’re going to pass on the desire to explore.
Download this bucket list, and get inspired to make your own. As we go along, we will be sharing our crossed off summer bucket list items on instagram, twitter and facebook, just follow along with the hashtag #rediscovernature.
This campaign was sponsored by Nature Valley as part of the #rediscovernature campaign. As always, all opinions are my own.