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Describe your first memorable experience exploring and spending time in nature. Were you in awe? Or were you not impressed? Would you rather spend time in the forest or the city?

When I was little with my sister, who was littler still, on those autumn mornings in early October; my parents used to throw us into the Ford Pinto hatchback and head up to the Adirondack mountains early Saturday mornings to get us out of New York City and into the countryside. My sister and I loved hiking up the trails, they were easy trails to walk, we were all of six and nine years old, and I would tell her pretend stories that the small caves that we would pass by, were home to the Grizzlies and we had to be very quiet as we walked past those caves. Occasionally I would peek in and try to see further in, but my parents would call for me or so I thought, so I never ventured far into the caves. The trails were very well marked to make sure that hikers wouldn’t get lost and even with my very active imagination, I didn’t want to get lost.

I have to say that the majesty of the Adirondack mountains in the fall was not lost on me or my little sister. These adventures were a high point of our weekends and the best part was the trip to the local diner where they served the best B.L.T’s that my sister and i had ever eaten. We always went home with a bag full of leaves to bring back home for my sister to bring to school for her class. I think that I also had use of those leaves for my science classes in discussion of the different trees that made up the forests of the mountain range.

These are very special memories, spending the entire day outside of the city with the four of us having a really nice time being together.