I just came back from a delightful jaunt through the forest trying out my new trail running shoes accompanied by my golden retriever Finnegan.
Trail running has become my new passion and I've rediscovered mountain biking again after many years away. I've been asking myself, "Why haven't I been doing these things all along?"
I could get my mind involved and answer, "Well, the kids were young and you needed to be home," but I don't think this is it. The thing is I AM DOING THEM and I feel great doing them!
It's Spring in my part of the world, time for exploring new passions and unleashing creative forces, just as green things start to shoot up through the soft damp earth.
There were plenty of times over the winter that I debated whether I really wanted to buy the produce transported from thousands of miles south of here. No offense to my California friends as a lot of what I eat during the winter comes from your neck of the woods or places even farther afield such as Chile, but those raspberries in plastic containers refrigerated for weeks, just don't taste the same as those picked fresh from the vine in the heat of summer. That said, I am sure they taste great where you are when you can pick them yourself!
Remembering this taste has me exploring the memory vaults of childhood containing the bounty of Baba's garden -the taste of potatoes just out of the ground seasoned with dill grown alongside, shelling peas at the kitchen table, and eating jars of preserves in the winter.
It wasn't that long ago that we didn't have access to year round berries and from what I recall the ones we had tasted A WHOLE LOT BETTER. We somehow managed to satiate our appetites with what was available.
Thankfully, a whole lot more becomes available this time of year. With this thought in mind, I recently interviewed "Wildman" Steve Brill, North America's preeminent expert on foraging for wild foods.I invite you to join me for the next episode of Leaders' Call to Adventure Interview Series - Foraging in the Urban Environment.
Learn about some easy to find plants to create a new ice cream, make pesto, give meatless entrees the taste and texture of chicken and get more what's behind red wine's claim to heart health fame.
Perhaps, a healthy new taste sensation is just waiting to be discovered right outside your doorstep!
Listen to the interview.
I believe we can rise to our personal and societal challenges by embracing the spirit of adventure and the enduring wisdom of nature.