We spent this past weekend with friends at our favorite boat house on Whidbey Island. It is the most peaceful place surrounded with spectacular views of the Puget Sound and acres and acres of undeveloped land.
The kids have so much freedom to explore, build forts, paddle in the kayaks, and spend hours outdoors digging, laughing, imagining together. It feels so right to relax this way with good friends surrounded by such vast beauty and real-life adventure.
New to us this weekend was traipsing through the woods hunting for edible mushrooms. None of us are particularly fond of mushrooms, but it sounded sort of exciting and a fun afternoon excursion with the kids.
We did not find any chanterelles, but there were an astonishing amount of other fungi varieties – all so interesting and strange and totally un-appetizing.
It felt like we were in a woodland wonderland, surrounded by tall moss-covered trees, a surprisingly soft ground of fallen pine needles, and deer trails all through the area.
This little outing solidified my like for the sort-of odd, yet charming woodland trend that’s been going on for the past few years. So many whimsical, quirky, lovely forest-inspired products are available. Here are just a few of my favorites:
There is something so refreshing about being in nature. It reminds us to slow down, breath, enjoy a rest from the hustle of everyday activity and certainly makes me grateful for the beauty this time of year.