"Hi Mom...wanted to let you know I'm heading into Yosemite today...be out Thursday sometime... Call when I'm out. Love you..." I feel so grateful he has come to love and appreciate the natural world, but there are days I wonder if I raised him to be a little to ruggedly independent...he'll be fine-right! Hopefully, he checked in with the ranger and gratefully, he usually waits to share sordid details until it's way too late...like avalanches, cliff-diving adventures in Southern France...the kind of details I do appreciate learning about after the fact. And now my own appreciation of the natural world is being recorded with my i-phone!