This year has been our year for being outdoors. We have seen so many animals from deer and beavers in the ravine behind our place to humpback whales and pelicans further afield. There is something truly wondrous about being outdoors. A deep satisfaction, a resounding contentment that being indoors just never brings about. Perhaps it's the child-like wonder at the immensity and beauty around us or the distance the outdoors provides from emails, phone calls and Facebook notifications. Perhaps, it's a blessing that my phone keeps crashing saving me from being connected while out there.