My family is weird. I know that comes as a complete shock to those of you who’ve been reading this blog and marveling at my utter normalness, but it’s true. They don’t like nature. Oh, they like pictures of it. And interesting facts about it. Even PBS specials about it. Brandon says he approves of nature in a broad sense. But if you drag them out into the middle of it, they will soon voice objections.
Case in point. There are precious few places where sea otters actually live and one of them is off the coast of California. Having a weakness for anything with a face as cute as an otter’s, I booked a family excursion on a boat that takes you out into Monterey Bay to see them up close. As we were walking down the dock, Cassidy said, “This isn’t going to have anything to do with nature, is it?” Quickly I stepped in front of a humongous sign that said, NATURE CRUISES, trying to block the first word. “No, no,” I assured him, “it’s just a fun little tour.” Ten minutes later he realized he’d been Shanghai’d on a slow boat not to China, which actually would have interested him, but through kelp beds and bird habitats where otters resembled tree branches and other floating plant material nobody would pay ten cents to see.
Another time I decided to take the entire family to Yosemite for Bob’s birthday because it happens that Bob is crazy about waterfalls.
The pricey Ahwanee Hotel where I had booked us rooms nearly gave Bob a stroke when he saw the tab.
In Scouting, Cassidy climbed Mt. Shasta
Richie seems to be the only one who enjoys camping and getting out in nature. And according to Brandon, that makes him the weird one.
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