I originally met Carolina through the local chapter of Attachment Parenting International and re-met her through Sabot (Griff and her son Quin were in the Garden Room in 2006-7 together) and then again through the Richmond Natural and Attached Parenting boards/group. She has started a nature club through NAP and every now and then we manage to make it to a meeting. Today, the group got together at Larus Park, which is a little wild patch of forest with dirt paths that's tucked between the neighborhood where my in-laws are moving and the campus for Sabot at Stony Point.
(Oh, wait - I just searched the blog and realized that I probably haven't mentioned (bizarrely) that Dan's parents are building a house in James River Crossing, a new neighborhood on the Southside. Excepting the 3 years in which the Huguenot bridge will be closed, they'll be about 15 minutes away from us. They're keeping their St. Louis house for the time being and anticipate splitting their time between there and here. We're pretty psyched about it.)
So, Larus Park: VERY cool. Very wild, very shady, very green. If you walk about a mile, you reach a little creek. My understanding is that the creek can be reached more quickly from the Sabot campus.
Aside from all three kids getting terrorized by over-enthusiastic dogs who weren't on leashes (READ THE SIGNS, PEOPLE), we had a great time. Xander and Reese explored the banks of the creek, Griff hung out with Quin and Scott, and I was in heaven trying to photograph a million and one tiny inchworms. They were everywhere.
Now that we know about Larus Park, I'm sure we'll visit again!