Getting a fence was one of the most expensive and best things we’ve ever decided on. While I wish we could have fenced in a MUCH larger portion of our 2 acres, I’m really happy with the area we got. It gives the kids the freedom to wake up and just go straight out, and the fence is high enough to seriously deter (if not completely stop) moose. Our yard is almost always a bit of disaster, but it’s a fun disaster and I try not to be bothered by all the buckets strewn everywhere. Lately the kids have started taking out milk cartons and other recyclables so it realllllly looks like there’s trash out there now haha but they have a blast with it and hey, reduce reuse right?!

The sand pit is the most played with yard feature. It goes down about 18″ so there is plenty of space for digging, and it’s big enough for them all to play in it even when they’re doing very different things. The sink does “work”, but only is able to let out a small quantity of water so they mostly use the hose and buckets when they need water for their sand/mud activities.

The giant chalkboard was something we put up just before Aurora’s 2nd birthday, and we use it for general fun/art but also for outdoor homeschooling (when mom can find chalk….)

I love these Edushape bins for indoors messy activities and each kid has one but they’re great for outside mud/water/ice/whatever too! The stand was way pricier than it should be but we get so much use out of it, but you could definitely build your own out of wood or PVC pretty easily.

They also have a playhouse, climbing dome, pool when it’s hot, buoy to swing on, slides, roller coaster, ten million buckets and shovels, a gravel pit, a rope ladder, a bucket on a pulley… and I am ALWAYS looking for more fun things. This fall/winter we have a few trees to cut down so we’re going to cut them 6′ off the ground or so and try to build a platform with ropes coming off it.

If you have any backyard things your kids love, let me know in the comments!! My husband just love that I always have a half dozen projects on the to do list 😉

#backyard #wildoutdoors #wildschooling #sandpit #yard

Sunset Butte Hike: Autumnal Equinox 2019

The seasonal tradition continues of hiking the butte at sunset on the solstices and equinoxes. Eliza joined us this time and was thrilled to be part of the tradition (though she may have mostly been in it for the snacks at first…), and Zane was so excited to share this with her.

We started hiking at 7:00 to ensure we had plenty of time at the top before sunset at 7:59.

Eliza’s sharp eyes look out across the Butte, and spot planes landing, reindeer grazing, sirens flashing

It was a bit breezy on the way up but the temperature was mild and we made pretty good time, stopping occasionally for Eliza to rest her legs.

As the sun set we talked about the balance of night and day. Zane talked to Eliza about our Summer Solstice hike and how it was at midnight, and we discussed the next sunset hike which would be the Winter Solstice and what the balance of night and day would be like then.

Hopping helps you keep warm
Zane needed all his strength to battle the winds on the tallest point of the Butte

After the sun set the temperature dropped very quickly and we didn’t stay long before making a slow lantern-lit descent.

#autumnalequinox #equinox #sunsethikes #hike #butte #sloomb #wildlings

Autumnal Equinox 2019

Spent the day celebrating the Autumnal Equinox, Mabon, Mea’n Fo’mhair.

We honored the Green Man by making some apple cider for our libations offerings to the trees, the kids had a lot of fun with that; Zane made sure to visit as many trees as possible while Rora was only interested in pouring her cider on one and then drinking the rest.

Danced around a fire that never quite got going after a week of so much rain, but the dancing was fun!

Lessons today about balance, thankfulness for an amazing summer, and the bounties of other’s harvest (let’s be honest, we grew nothing this year!).

And continuing the tradition, we spent the evening hiking the butte at sunset!

#autumnalequinox #equinox #2019 #harvest #sloomb #crocs

Hello from the Wildlings!

Welcome to the home of the Alaska Wildlings where we’ll share our every day adventures in hiking, wildschooling, and exploring the natural world. We’ll also talk about wild gear and wild toys and maybe we’ll get a little wild with other stuff too.

Aurora, Tim, Eliza, Zane, and Kristin at the Harvest Festival