A “whale” of a distance – that’s what I say to Noah to remind him that he must have space between him and others. It’s hard to explain why we can be close together but not with other people and his friends.

Noah is a gentle soul and a bit of a deep thinker – he has been trying to make sense of this ‘new world’ where distance is needed and connections between people now happen in a slightly different way.

He has been missing “Queensland”, his grandma and grandy, our travels, going camping, you name it. Finn is just stoked to have us around all day long.

I challenged Noah to find a tree on our nearby creek that he had never hugged or climbed – I proposed him an adventure on our very well known creek.

Tree Found, Soul Filled

We walked and walked, Finn crawled and crawled. Until Noah dropped his bag and ran and ran until he hugged a tree.

“We have never played on this one! This is the one for our adventure today!”

Yes there it was, in the banks of our creek, a “brand new tree” never touched by Noah before – how lucky are we?

Noah hugged the tree. Finn licked the tree. I admired the tree. That was going to be our tree for the day. Our brand new adventure.

This is our afternoon spent on a tree.

Noah sat on the tree and spotted 2 pelicans, a fisherman and an osprey.

Finn spotted the mangrove roots submerging from the sand.

The tree became a train and we all went with “Possum Magic” (the storybook) around Australia tasting all the yummy food (real food in their lunchboxes!)

Once we arrived in Tasmania, Noah decided to create a tree course where different skills were needed. Balancing while walking across the tree, jumping from the tree to the water or to the sand, swinging from the tree and even tree climbing.

Finn’s best achievement was walking while holding on to the lowest branches of the tree. He was quite proud of himself. He is now able to walk while holding onto a hand.

We also played “The Giving Tree” (another awesome book!).

On this one tree, Noah also found something that devastated him – a fishing line and a hook.

“mum imagine if we didn’t find this and those pelicans got the hook in their beak?!”

Noah is a great advocate to protect the environment. He learns so much from his time with Nature Explorers about his local environment and the human impact on the earth.

There’s not a piece of rubbish that his eyes scan that is not picked up, not a drop of human food left behind. He truly gets it and we are so grateful for his passion and commitment to help protect and preserve our environment.

One tree. One full afternoon. Our souls are filled.

This post is part of our Wonder School Adventure.


I’m Sofia, a Portuguese native, who, quit my job, packed 20 kg of my life into a backpack and moved to Australia. I have been fuelled by my new life to experience more adventure rather than settle, pursing even more my desire to travel, explore and being outdoors.

This blog aims to inspire, intrigue and encourage readers around the world to travel further, longer and wider and also to share my passion for an outdoor lifestyle.

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