By Janice E. Kirk
On Sabbatical, Janice incorporates her paintings pack and folding stool into essentially the most marvelous landscapes on this planet: the canyons, deserts, mountains, and river valleys of the better Southwest. Awed, surprised, encouraged, and humbled by way of what she unearths there, she sketches and paints en plein air. The relatives fishes, hikes, catches insects, chases lizards, digs fossils, pictures, and experiences vegetation. The year-long campout in nationwide Parks and woodland provider websites turns into a trip of the center. The family members grows to like the way in which the good outdoor is prepare. half travelogue, half traditional background, half box direction in artwork appreciation, the writer files her improvement as an artist as she learns to color and learns to determine. To her shock, a non secular awakening sneaks up on her, and the adventure becomes anything more--a pilgrimage.
"Kirk's account of her family's 12 months camping out within the southwest is either an inspiring travelogue and well timed clarion name. the common school-aged baby spends approximately seven hours per day in entrance of a reveal and no more than thirty minutes per week outdoors in unstructured play. superbly written and joyfully illustrated, The highway to Beaver Park will assist you see nature with new eyes."
--Nancy Sleeth, writer, Almost Amish; dealing with Director, Blessed Earth
"It is not any coincidence that this book's genesis was once a sabbatical adventure, for Kirk's prose and sketches are the fruit of a chronic Sabbath. via slowing down and stripping away non-essentials, Janice and her relations realize the transformative strength of leisure, silence, and contemplative time spent within the outside. during this she deals a probable approach to our ecological concern: typical settings encourage ask yourself, which unearths attractiveness, which instills a reverence that results in stewardship."
--Paul Stonehouse, affiliate Professor experience schooling, eco-friendly Mountain College
Janice E. Kirk is writer and illustrator of The Christmas Redwood, A wooded area Parable; Cherish The Earth: the surroundings and Scripture, and illustrator of Wild fit to be eaten crops of Western North America by way of D. R. Kirk. She has taught paintings, language arts, and tune, together with voice, at Simpson collage, Redding, California. in the course of a life of relations tenting adventures within the American West, she sketched, painted, discovered nature's methods, and grew to cherish the great thing about the earth.