It really is quite strange that one day we are walking with crowds among skyscrapers in Manhattan, and days later we are hiking along a creek to an amazing falls. Perhaps it is the dynamic contrast in scenery that makes each more rewarding. As a lifestyle, our decision to spend consistent time in both city and nature has led to greater awareness of what our family needs to thrive. The city provides excitement, theater, culture, lights, music, people, museums, art and an endless supply of stimulation. Nature compliments such experiences with downtime. When we go to our cabin we sleep, read, play games, listen to the rain, hike in the woods, prepare meals and just be.