One Word That’ll Get Kids Excited To Hike

As a family, we enjoy spending time outdoors and hiking whenever we can. We've been "all systems go" on this activity for years now... until this season when my son no longer rides in the child carrier backpack.  Alas, as full of boundless energy as this kid is - he doesn't get that excited about HIKING.  Little stinker. Five minutes in to the trail:  "My legs hurt!  Carry me, mommy!" He's just not the trooper that his big sister has always been, when it comes to hiking. She used to cover miles, starting at age 3, sporting her own little mini Camelbak.  Aaaah.... good times. It's all a bit frustrating, and rather ironic, as my son is one of the most active and adventurous kids I've ever met.  What a minute.  Adventurous.  Hmmm... let's tap into some of that... So on our camping trip a week ago, I wanted to take one last hike with the kids before returning to civilization.  I find a pulloff area near a pretty red mountain and rather than ask, "Do you guys want to hike?", I say, … [Read more...]

Plan A Family Adventure Day

Every once in awhile, we sneak off together as a family and have a “Family Adventure Day”.  We pack a snack bag and the cooler.  Gather some gear – making sure to bring lots of water, SPF, bug spray, and a variety of clothing layers and hats.  Then we load up the car with backpacks, baby carriers, (sometimes) fishing poles, and the family dog … and head out with a rough idea of a destination. While Family Adventure Day typically involves a brief road trip at the beginning and end, we try to keep it less than 2 hours travel time each way.  And unlike other road trips of varying duration, we leave the portable electronic entertainment at home. These brief journeys are about looking out of the car windows and enjoying the scenery, trying to spot wildlife, or a particularly nice view.  Just like the good old days when we were kids.  Ideally, the journey is part of the adventure itself! Stick With It I'll admit, Family Adventure Day sometimes starts out a little rocky, with … [Read more...]