When word got out that Lassen Volcanic National Park had re-opened, we threw our gear in the car and hit the road. Without toys or gadgets, the boys noticed everything from beetles to clouds, asked a million questions, and played creatively with the tree stumps, sticks and rocks around us. We also just spent time watching birds and staring at the campfire. Escaping to the wilderness was the perfect antidote to months of being stuck at home.
It had been a difficult decision to return to the US and leave our new life in Sayulita once the pandemic finally reached Mexico. We were just starting to deepen connections and melt into the contours of our lives. Uprooted once again, our children are longing for a sense of home.