Thursday, September 25, 2008

getting around in Ecuador

A couple of years ago, I took a trip to Ecuador, and had lots of wonderful experiences (and adventures!) there. This little girl is an example of the spirit of the place, people, and the vast beauty of nature.

And she really knows how to get around outside!

These photos were taken near the Black Sheep Inn, an eco-lodge high in the Central Andes, off the beaten path. The whole area was spectacular, with lots of opportunities for hiking.

A few days later, we traveled to the village of Banos (at the base of Tungurahua volcano), and after a day of biking, we returned to find that the volcano was erupting. In the middle of the night, I awoke to the sound of lava rock falling on the roof of our little hotel. Our village was evacuated, and sadly, three villages on the other side of the volcano were destroyed.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Kids, nature, and the GREAT outdoors

I'm really excited that there's a growing movement of people and organizations working to reconnect children with nature!

I love i love dirt by Jennifer Ward. And I'm currently reading Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods—it's a wonderful, comprehensive look at the importance of outdoor play and nature in kids' lives.

The website, which provides access to the latest news and research in the field, continues to build on this movement. (A desire to encourage connection with nature, outdoor exploration, and basic physical activity—in a lighthearted way—is a big reason I felt compelled to create i get around.)

Monday, September 1, 2008

the world of blogging

I'm still new to this world of blogging, so I've been looking around for some info to help me better understand and work within the blogosphere (impressive lingo, eh?). So I thought I'd pass along a couple of resources in case you're learning too. One helpful site to learn about blogging in general is Blogging Basics 101, "Where there are no stupid questions!" (Thank you Chilihead/Melanie and Shannon.) And, being a visual person, I was still having a tough time comprehending RSS feeds, so this YouTube video (also posted on BB 101) was really helpful. Check it out: