Grits and Purls

Spinning yarns about the grit of life

  1. You really need to boil the carrots a long, long time when you make wild carrot stew. No camper song goes on quite long enough to accomplish this feat.
  2. Queen Anne ’s lace roots are edible (if you boil them for a really long time, see number 1)—they are wild carrots, but you better know your plants because there are others in the parsnip family that are quite dangerous to ingest, or even pick.alnc_h
  3. A red-tailed hawk gets its meal about 2 out of every 10 tries; an owl 9 out of 10.
  4. You can make friends for life in one week. Some of them might even be from the opposite side of the world.
  5. Nothing compares to climbing your favorite willow tree.
  6. The best chore in the world is “fire tender”. It even makes doing the dishes worthwhile.
  7. Well, almost nothing compares to climbing your favorite willow tree: playing under the basswoods is awfully nice.
  8. You sleep better when you have been outside all day long.
  9. There is a type of fish called a bullhead. (And you can catch them in the pond at the nature center.)
  10. To go fishing you need bait, hooks, line, a fishing pole and a ruler. A partner is good too.
  11. Sandhill cranes are beautiful in flight.
  12. There is such a thing as a Green Heron, and we have them in Wisconsin.
  13. Taking off your shoes and socks on a really hot day after you have hit the trail so you can wash them in the cool stream is almost as good as playing under the basswoods and climbing the willow. Maybe better on some days.
  14. Dragon flies a pretty cool. So are cicadas.
  15. Mulberries along the trail are yummy treats.
  16. Nothing compares to climbing that willow tree, though, nothing. Unless you can get your Mom and Dad to climb it too.

© 2015 Michele Arduengo. All rights reserved.


2 thoughts on “Things I Learned at Summer Camp This Year

  1. Linda O'Connell says:

    Michele, This was a wonderful reminder that we can find our fragmented selves in the woods and become whole again,

    1. Michele says:

      Hi Linda, So nice to hear from you again. She has absolutely loved her experiences at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center this year, and so I have I. I’ll be posting more about them.

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