After the 17+ minute behemoth of a vlog last week, I thought we might want to take it a little easier with this week’s vlog. In that spirit, I decided to take a stroll through the middle of the urban wilderness with my four-year-old in tow. Look at us! We’re getting into nature and making our own discoveries, just like Dr. Scott the Paleontologist taught us. Off to the woods we go!

A fellow parenting blogger posed a question in one of our groups recently. She asked why we don’t exercise more than we do. Far and away the most common response was a lack of time. We’re busy, and it’s hard carving out the time in our busy schedules to go to the gym or to get in a workout.

While it certainly wasn’t the most rigorous thing I’ve done in my life, going for a walk in the woods with my daughter was at least an active thing that I did. Part of the motivation came from a desire to raise a wild child, but it was also about my own physical and mental health too. If I can’t work, I may as well be doing something positive, right?

And truth be told, I really have no excuse not to explore the gorgeous natural beauty around me. I live in a beautiful part of the country, and “the woods” and “the wild” are remarkably accessible. Whether it’s a stroll through Central Park, a thoughtful moment in Deep Cove, or even a wild dad blogger retreat in Manning Park, it’s not hard to “do the nature” around here.

Well, at least until it starts raining. I don’t like sludging through the rain.