Planning a trip to the quiet of Lake Lure, North Carolina, in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Dreaming of a quiet sandy beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama? Are you longing for a ramble through the lush forest pathways and jagged cliffs on Kaua’i, Hawaii? No matter which Bluegreen Resorts vacation destination you choose, you’ll have access to some of the nation’s most beautiful and exciting natural wonders.
With a little thoughtfulness and a receptive mind, you and your family can turn your quest for exercise or tranquility into a richly rewarding experience. So slow down, take it easy, and be prepared to be nature’s student.
When you take a nature walk, turn up your senses. Be alert to the trill of birdsong, the wash of a river over stones, the whispering motions of animals or insects in nearby greenery, the crunching of twigs beneath your feet. Try focusing your attention for a while on a single object: A flower, tree, or rock. Notice its texture, color, and scent.
Having a child along allows you to see nature through fresh eyes. Take the opportunity to turn your walk into a hands-on learning experience for your whole family by taking time to examine and talk about your surroundings. Keep alert for animal tracks, insect trails, spider webs, and birds’ nests. Remember to look high and low. Bring along a field guide to local birds, butterflies, or wildflowers, or take pictures for a later attempt to identify the species you saw together.
Ask your child to describe what he or she sees, hears, and feels. Start a nature journal and record your impressions and sensations, include your photographs, and note any special discoveries you’ve made.
Make sure to abide by common-sense safety rules and local regulations: Stay on marked trails, don’t take native plants from their homes, and avoid carving into trees or causing other types of damage.