I traveled to Lake Placid with my husband and daughter this past weekend. On our way, we stopped to climb Mt. Arab near Tupper Lake, NY. It’s a small mountain, but the trail is maintained, it’s very family-friendly, and the view is worth it. Plus, it’s part of the Tupper Lake Triad! Completing it will motivate us to hold onto our dream of becoming 46ers (someday)!
We had a picnic lunch near the summit. We were blessed with a beautiful autumn day – it was even a little warm. Something about sitting on bare mountain makes me feel closet to Mama Earth.
There’s a fire tower at the top, allowing for even more spectacular views of some of the high peaks of the Adirondacks in the distance. The photos doesn’t do it justice, unfortunately! Bee grew fearful of the wind up in the fire tower, so I didn’t get to gaze out as long as I would have liked. Luckily, there are plenty of rocky areas with views such as the first image I shared. I could have sat there for while; I would have loved to meditate. Unfortunately, due to the agreeable weather on a weekend, it was a busy destination. Between that and Bee’s antsy toddler antics, I didn’t have a lot of time for quiet contemplation.
Still, it was a great opportunity to get outside and commune with nature in one of my favorite places on Earth. Bee did a fantastic job climbing the mountain. My husband carried her for a bit to the summit, but she did most of the mile round-trip hike independently. I’m so proud of her! There was plenty of nature to inspire all of us – huge boulders, some with interesting patterns, tiny mushrooms, woodpeckers, and, or course, the magnificent autumn foliage!
Even though I didn’t get to treat the hike like a spiritual, stress-free retreat, I realize how lucky I am to take my family on such excursions. We are healthy, we have transportation, and we have weekends off to enjoy the outdoors together. We live relatively close to the amazing Adirondacks! This is the foundation, and I hope it helps Bee continue to form a meaningful relationship to the natural world.
2 thoughts on “Pagan Parenting: You May Not Meditate, but Take Your Kids Up Mountains Anyway!”
I can just imagine the beautiful silence up there. Thank you so much for sharing, Grey!
Lovely! That’s a beautiful rock too 🙂
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