Adventure Challenge – Day 27: Taking My Son on His First Hike

I have started really loving hiking. I feel so much better after a good hike. It’s something that I imagine doing with my son in the future. I have these little fantasies of hiking Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon with him. I decided maybe it’s time to see if he has his hiking legs under him yet. 

I took an old Camelback water pack and got it ready for him. He put the little water backpack on and I found a trail that said it was family friendly. It was marked at .3 miles. I figured this would be enough time to see if he was going to like it, or if he’d totally  hate it and complain the entire time. I really didn’t know what to expect. 

Once we got started he loved it. He climbed the rocks, chased the butterflies, and pointed out the wild mushrooms. We agreed we made good explorers. He kept reassuring me his legs weren’t tired so we kept walking. He made it 3 miles. I was so blown away by him. I started to wear down towards the end of the 3 miles so I could only imagine how his 5 year old tiny body must be doing. We hopped creeks, chased beetles, balanced on fallen logs, and did lots of exploring. He definitely has his hiking legs and I have my little hiking partner. I’m super excited about future hikes! 

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About strokeofred

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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One Response to Adventure Challenge – Day 27: Taking My Son on His First Hike

  1. The sooner you get them started the farther they will go 🙂 We took our three year old on her first backpacking trip a few weeks ago, but she has been camping since she was 6 months. Keep the pack weight really low, in our case it held only a stuffed toy, but definitely get out there with the little ones when you can!

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