Describe your first memorable experience exploring and spending time in nature. Were you in awe? Or were you not impressed? Would you rather spend time in the forest or the city?
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My first real experience with nature was spent walking in the woods near my house with my grandfather.
My grandfather would walk to our house from his through the woods. It would take him an hour or two. It would do this when he was in his seventies and eighties. He loved to walk in the woods. He loved nature.
When he got to our house, he would often take us out walking in the woods and the bushes across the road to pick blackberries and currants. Sometimes we would walk just to walk and talk and to see the wildlife in the forest. I loved this time with my grandfather, as he pointed out the different trees and the animals and their tracks. We would pick berries and currant. Sometimes we would watch the frogs in the ponds. We would see chipmunks and squirrels. We would spot deer with their fawns in the woods. That was special. Sometimes we would see snakes. That was scary.
I learned that nature was sacred. Nature was beautiful. Nature was to be respected. We were the visitors in the natural world. My grandfather was one of the best environmentalists you could find. He respected the natural world and the environment and animals, and he taught us to do the same. He is one of my all-time heroes.