We had the whole place to ourselves.
"The world I found was inside a book, and then that world was made up of
even more books, each of which led to yet another world. It goes on forever and ever.
At nine I thought I must get to Narnia or die. It would be a long time before I understood
that I was already there."
Laura Miller, The Magician's Book: A Skeptics Adventure in Narnia
We walked through the Narnia-like woods as if we had just rolled out of a wardrobe and the White Witch would appear at any moment. I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when I was young. It's one of the few fantasy books I can remember loving...talking animals, magic wardrobes... snow-covered landscapes.. I didn't connect with all of the Christian elements of the story but loved the idea of being transported to an alternate world. And here we were. It was real.
"Wildness reminds us what it means to be human , what we are connected to
rather than what we are separated from.
Terry Tempest Williams
As we walked by all of the natural wonders, under the falling snow and through the trees, the magical place rose up around us.
We didn't see any woodland creatures. Or any witches. We did walk through rolling hills, over bridges and up and down trails.
I was just glad to be joined by 8 kids and a dog. Magic is always better when shared.