Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Exploring a New Trail
Nature is a part of every single day in our home. You might find us in the garden, playing in the yard, walking in the forest across the road or packing up for a longer hike and picnic. On Monday we packed up some snacks and hit a new to us trail not far from where we live. As we drove along the road to the trail, the road ended and turned into a dirt trail. The trail looked like it was for ATVs more than cars, but we took a chance and followed it, very, very slowly.
Low and behold it took us to the trail head, and we were not the least bit surprised to be the only ones there. Something tells me this trail doesn't get used very often. We grabbed the pack, the bug spray, the butterfly nets and habitat and the binoculars and away we went.
The trail was well maintained and had some amazing views. It was a mix of forest and meadow, which made a certain little man happy. He managed to catch a few butterflies and a toad making this hiking trail one we must return to soon.
If you are like us and spend a lot of time outside, bugs, particularly the ones that bite, can make you run back inside as fast as you can. Last week I mentioned I had been making some bug spray and many of you expressed interest in the recipe. We have used this spray for three years now with great success. On Monday we arrived home completely bite free. It is safe, easy to use and smells good.
Natural Bug Spray
7oz witch hazel (alcohol free)
1 tsp rose geranium essential oil
1 tsp lemongrass essential oil
1 tsp lemon eucalyptus essential oil
1 tsp citronella essential oil
Mix well and pour into a spray bottle. We find it needs to be applied regularly to keep the bugs away, about every 60 to 90 minutes.
Hope this makes your time outside a little more enjoyable.