Just thinking of my childhood growing up in western NC.Im 56 years old--back in the day, there was only 3 stations on tv--if you could pick them up. We spent all day, until dark playing in the woods, catching crawdads and lizards from the creeks, drinking the water,sometimes eating what we had or eating peanuts, strawberries,watermelon, canelopes, etc.. from gardens we would run up on.We would make "forts" out of dead trees and broom sage--take naps--use our imagination to invent games( cowboys and indians,etc...)When I was a little older, we had horses and would ride them miles into the woods, they would play in the rivers, splashing to cool off, rare up and buck when we came upon snakes, we would go skinny dipping at the resevoir, almost get caught tresspassing, and have to ride wide open buck naked ( bareback)to get away.Have been swimming with water mocassins( scary).The only rule was to be back by suppertime/dark.We got caught one time after dark in a thunderstorm--lightning every 10 seconds--couldnt see--so just let the horses run, laid down on their necks and let them take us home--which they did.So many stories-I have to admit I wouldnt let a kid of mine do this without supervision these days--but these wonderful adventures made me what I am today--kids today are truly missing out on a lot. Wish we could go back to those wonderful, carefree times-nothing like being raised in the country.--I know many of you have had similar times. Maybe this will start a good thread---Vince
so many tales--maybe should write a book or something!