North Country Druid: Zenda Farm Trail

In an effort to exercise more, as well as easily and safely enjoy nature with our toddler, we took another nature walk on a local trail. If you’re spending time in Clayton, NY, be sure to stop by the Thousand Island Land Trust’s Zenda Farm Trail.  (Officially, I guess the trail is called the LoisJeanContinue reading “North Country Druid: Zenda Farm Trail”

Sacred Mountains

Last Friday, my husband and I returned to the sacred land of our childhood – the glorious Adirondack Mountains of Upstate, NY.  Neither of us had been born there, but we spent time there as children.  As for myself, my family seemed to travel there just about every weekend in the summers.  Most often, we swamContinue reading “Sacred Mountains”

North Country Druid: Exploring the Calcium Trail

    If you live in the Watertown area of Jefferson County, NY, and you’re looking for an easy hike to commune with nature away from the crowds that usually populate Thompson Park, I highly suggest the Calcium Trail.  Right off Rt. 11, it’s very accessible and relatively private.  There’s a parking lot and theContinue reading “North Country Druid: Exploring the Calcium Trail”

Nature Awareness: An Cailleach Strikes Again!

The week’s stress comes to a head on Sundays, and the call from the forest is strongest then.  Come dance with the trees!  Come lose yourself in the quiet!  Come heal!  So I listen and go. It snowed last night.  Not a dusting but a proper, North Country snow.  Everything was melting over the lastContinue reading “Nature Awareness: An Cailleach Strikes Again!”

Nature Awareness: Deer and Coming Spring

Off to the forest with offerings tucked in my coat pocket, I trudged through the snow. Though much of it has melted, certain areas, especially the places between human dwellings and the forest, are still very deep. Movement was slow and difficult without snowshoes. As always, I thought of my spirit animal, the white tailedContinue reading “Nature Awareness: Deer and Coming Spring”

Nature Awareness: Pure Joy

The previous weekend, I went out into the forest.  I needed it.  I was feeling some cabin fever.  We’ve had snow on top of snow on top of snow.  Furthermore, I had had a terrible, no good, very bad night the day before.   The forest was calling my name. I was already trudging throughContinue reading “Nature Awareness: Pure Joy”

Nature Awareness – January 18th, 2014

The ice thawed quite a bit on the weekend, and the bitter cold hadn’t returned, so I decided to take a stroll to the forest.  I missed it last week, even with my desire to learn more about the tree and other beings around my home.  I did stop and say hello to the ashContinue reading “Nature Awareness – January 18th, 2014”

Nature Awareness Journal – January 9th, 2014

  It’s a beautiful day in the North Country. It’s warmer than the week before. There was even a small bit of sun earlier. A perfect day for a walk to the forest. Only… yesterday’s rain made the lingering ice even more hazardous. The driveway and remaining “snow” are really slick. Walking the short distanceContinue reading “Nature Awareness Journal – January 9th, 2014”

Chillin’ in Clayton with My Grovies

“Chillin’” probably isn’t the right word since the North Country, only just recently recovering from a huge snow storm, is experiencing a bit of a heatwave.  It was a rainy day, but several people from Northern Rivers took advantage of the break in winter weather and met up at a coffee house in Clayton, NY.Continue reading “Chillin’ in Clayton with My Grovies”

Natural Awareness Journal – January 5th, 2013

 Begin a regular practice of attunement to the land, including outdoor meditations and offerings to the Nature Spirits. It is suggested to pick a place easily accessible that you might be able to go to several times a week (such as an overgrown fence – row, a more ‘wild’ section of your backyard, possibly a city park, or even a balcony garden, etc)Continue reading “Natural Awareness Journal – January 5th, 2013”