Hawthorn Ketchup?! Yes, it's a thing.

Hawthorn Ketchup?!  Yes, it's a thing.

Just over a year ago, Patrick and I ventured to the magical place known as Ireland on an group ethnobotanical exploration of the land where some of our ancestors are from.  We immersed ourselves in Irish basketry, learned how to weave a crios band, wandered one of the few old growth forests remaining, and ate traditional Irish food.  Lots and lots and lots of traditional Irish food.  Our guide, ethnobotanist Heidi Bohan, spoiled us with some of the tastiest home-cooked soups and breads and potato dishes ever.  She really wanted us to experience the warm hearty food culture of Ireland!

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Fox Walkers | Weeks 6 & 7 | Fall Family Fun

Fox Walkers | Weeks 6 & 7 | Fall Family Fun

My oh my the last two weeks have been magical! As you can tell from the pics, the sun decided to mostly stick around and grace us with the best light for the peak fall colors.  Leaves, EVERYWHERE! We have had so much fun with leaves! It just feels good to wrap your Raccoon Hands around a big pile of dry leaves and send them flying into the air (or at a friend).  Try not to giggle even a little bit while  doing it. And this last week we had a “Family Day” at each park where we invited the families out to the forest with us. If you made it out, thank you we obviously had a blast and if not, hopefully you can join us in the spring!

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Fire Keepers | Weeks 6 & 7 | Fire, Shelter & Family

Fire Keepers | Weeks 6 & 7 | Fire, Shelter & Family

Wow, we’ve had such a sweet couple of weeks with the Fire Keepers!  Here’s how we’ve been enjoying the sunshine…

Week 6
An epic leaf fight amongst the crew brought about an exhilarating start to our day.  The fallen leaves of Big Leaf Maple are not only fun to play with, but also provide excellent insulation for primitive shelters, and you can even stuff handfuls of leaves in between the layers of your clothes if you need some extra warmth on a cold day! 

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