Getting Lost In The Woods With A 4 Year Old

One day my 4 year old daughter and I were visiting some of my husband’s family that lived in country.

I decided to go for a walk and took my child with me because I like teaching her about nature.

We followed an animal trail that went towards the creek.

I pointed out the different animal tracks such as deer, raccoon, wild turkey and birds.

Then I told her about different wild plants that were poisonous and not, and which ones that could be eaten or to heal with.

Later we sat with our backs to a tree to rest before going back. I taught her the different bird, animal, and bug sounds and she told me what she was hearing.

It was a nice cool day and we only wore sweaters. But as the day went on, I noticed it was later than I thought and started to get colder.

We didn’t have time to get back so I started putting together an a-framed structure.

I found a downed tree and laid it in the crouch of another tree. Then added sticks and limbs to each side to make the frame. We flung inside a lot of pine needles and filled it up. Then we laid sticks and branches horizontally and threw leaves and pine needles on them until it was thick and looked like a pine igloo.

It was dark by the time we were through. We had no way to make a fire. So we wiggled in and covered up with the needles and I spooned with my daughter.

She was hungry and thirsty so I gave her some semi-dried apples I found and told her to suck all the juices out of each bite she took before swallowing it.

I had happened across some wild elderberries and huckleberries that I planned to take back. We ate them also. It wasn’t much and I saved my portion for morning to give to her so she wouldn’t be so weak to walk back.

We were warm as toast and went to sleep fast.

I awoke later and it was dark outside. Not knowing the time, I decided to go back to sleep.

Morning came with bird songs that woke us up. I peeked out when hearing a scampering noise and squirrel chatter.

There was white everywhere. I decided to stay in our structure a couple of hours and hoped the snow would melt some.

We played a game of guess the animal or bird. She was very good at guessing.

As the sun got higher in the sky, the snow did melt. I gave my daughter the remaining fruit and we came out.

We walked to the creek and got some water abd headed back to my husband’s family’s home.

They was about to call the sheriff when we walked in.

What a great adventure we had together. That was in 1977.

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