What Is Your Favorite Nature Memory?

| 6/8/2010 9:24:30 AM

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Getting out in nature can stir up a lot of good memories. While flipping through all the sounds, sights and smells of those memories, do you have one that sticks out above all the rest?

My favorite memory drifts past green pastures and serene blue skies to a muddy, toad invaded pond. After a long, hot hike through the pasture, my brother and I crawled under the fence and raced to the pond. I remember the first time I got in the water, slowly inching my way in, not sure what to think of the plants brushing against my ankles and the mud squishing between my toes. After about a few minutes, though, my brother and I were splashing and exploring that murky water. Along the banks we found bugs skimming across the surface and plenty of rocks made just for skipping. As the sun began to set, the toads came alive. Their croaks sounded a melody that echoed all around the pond. Time stopped as I took in all of the plants and animals in and around the pond that day.

This one adventure and memory led to many more trips to that pond. I even invited my friends along to include them in my nature find. Soon we had logs and rafts to float on and a bridge to make our exploring easier. My one memory led to many more.

What’s your favorite nature memory? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

faye burke_1
6/23/2010 2:55:02 PM

Just returned from a family reunion in south Ga.Revisited the spot where my grandmother's house had been. There in what was the old backyard, right off the kitchen poach was an ancient grape arbor. I was flooded with memories of thick green vines loaded with clusters of sweet smelling fruits. Many days when I was not old enough to go to school yet, my dad would bring me to visit grandma. I loved to sit under this great cave of an arbor next to the manual pump and hear the birds,soak up the smells of summer, and eat the leftover from breakfast cathead buscuit filled with homemade cane molasses. It was cool under there,I could watch as the day unfolded, unobserved. Playing at being grown up.A great connect to the outdoors given by my grandma, Dora.

john moses
6/23/2010 2:15:39 PM

When I was little, my dad had a 95 acre farm about an hour from our home. Together we built a little rustic one room cabin on it overlooking a live creek that flowed from a spring upstream about 200 yards. One memory was building the cabin including the cabinets and mantle. Almost all of the wood was cut on the farm, hauled up the hill to a little sawmill. Most was rough cut. We also built the huge fireplace with native stone. My favorite memory was playing in that creek below building dams and swimming in the little lakes we made. John

6/22/2010 9:09:34 PM

My nature Memory is the Great Smokie Mountains visiting Cades Cove. Oh' what a place. History being unfolded before your eyes. Wanting to see if I'd be able to do it myself as they did. This may be true shortly and not fiction. I'm doing my best to learn and learn how they did things in those days. We will be in for one hell'va ride. To all of you out there best of luck. We did a lot of camping in my younger yrs. It's all coming back. Just need to finish up some projects to be ready.!!!

6/22/2010 12:01:24 PM

Twenty years ago, I thought the Teton Range in Wyoming was the most awe-inspiring sight ever...then I saw Yellowstone and how nature had taken over the fire ravaged forest and made it beautiful again with wildflowers...I believe the wildflowers blooming against those blackened pines was THE definition of "nature". Whenever I feel dispirited, I make myself think of that scene...gives me the strength to keep going!!

6/21/2010 10:08:18 PM

My favorite memory of nature was from my early teens. My mother and I were in the garden in the evening and we found a tiny toad, about the size of my thumbnail. She picked it up and said passionately, "Something that tiny has everything inside it to help it live -- heart, lungs, stomach. That's a true miracle!" I was impressed not only because I loved creatures (still do) but because my mother was not given to something so heartfelt. Amphibians still have a special place in my heart.

6/21/2010 7:11:12 PM

At the impressionable age of 19 I set out on a 22 day 7600 mile drive to California and back. I had originally planned for my older brother to accompany me but that fell through and so I just set off on my own from Aurora, IL. First, north through Wisconsin and then west through the Minnesota countryside. I stopped at the Badlands, Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone, Devils Tower, Crater Lake, the Redwoods, the Pacific Ocean, Yosemite (a mere trickle during a drought) and many other sites to that point. I skipped Disneyland and Vegas (only 19). I stopped at the Petrified Forest. All just inspiring places, but none compared to the awe that I felt when I first saw the Grand Canyon. I walked up and sat down on the edge to which I immediately heard “Get your #?*! back over here” from the petite yet authoritative Park Ranger. “Do you want to be kicked out of the Park?” “Yes ma’am, no ma’am. “You can take your pictures from over here.” Oh yea I hadn’t even taken any pictures yet. All this time my brain was in complete denial. My eyes said “WOW”. My brain says “ain’t real”. My eyes say “yes it is” Brain says “nope your bein’ tricked, look for the edges of the picture”. As I gaze from side to side and down at my feet and up to the edge in the distance. My eyes say “see, we aren’t lying”. Brain says “holey crap”. My eyes say”No crap, just wholly Holy!” Brain says “Yes it is!” I would take nothing away from any of my other stops that I made including the Rockies and Tetons afterwards but at tha

diana henretty_2
6/21/2010 4:30:11 PM

We decided to leave the city life of Phoenix Arizona and head for the mountains of Montana to raise our two kids, then ages 3 and 5. We sold what we didnt need, had $1,500 in our pockets (we thought we were rich!) and with dogs, cats and a U-Haul headed to Montana with no job, no home, and full of adventure in 1983. Our first Thanksgiving, we all woke up to over a foot of our first snow, and we could hear the quietness all around us, and feel all the beauty and serenity with thankful hearts. We will never forget our first Thanksgiving in the country! We now live in the beautiful Ozarks and we are enjoying all of it's beauty too and feel so blessed! Diana Henretty

6/21/2010 9:38:51 AM

I will never forget my most memorable nature experieince. It was May 1984 and I had just arrived in Colorado for the first time. Being from the east coast I had not seen snow-capped mountains first-hand. As I was being driven up the highway toward Boulder, I saw my first snow-covered mountain range up-close, and it brought me to tears, it was that awe-inspiring and awesome!! Something I will never forget. Fortunately, I am about to return there this week, and can not wait!

joyce rapp
6/21/2010 9:19:46 AM

My favorite childhood memory from nature - and I have a lot of such memories - was crossing from Western Washington State to Eastern Washington over the Chinook Pass: there is a place to stop and look for what seems to be hundreds of miles, with a far-away river wending its way through the canyon in the midst of the foothills. I haven't seen it since I was in college but hope to see it again, sometime.

susan browne_1
6/21/2010 8:35:15 AM

My most favorite nature memory from childhood is sitting on the edge if a small stream and watching nature float by. Today I watch my garden grow!

tamrah jo_1
6/17/2010 11:35:07 AM

A time in my life when long hours at work and low quality of life were taking their toll. I was driving to work, and my mental chatter was something along the lines of, "why is everything so hard? What's the point of it all". Rounded a bend in the road, and there, in the early morning sun (and the middle of the road!) stood a magnificent bull elk - so perfectly back lit by the rising sun and so majestic, he looked as if he was posing for an insurance commercial. Felt better instantly.

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