So your heading off for a day hike or a weekend adventure. Know that feeling when everything is all organized and packed, everyone is completely ready to go, and they are very excited for the trip? Yeah, me neither. Things don’t always go as planned in a Mom’s head – it’s all in how we handle those unexpected things that can make or break an adventure.
For me, It helps when I remember the “why” we do it.
As a Mom, the biggest reason for taking my kids outdoors is to have them all to myself. No TV, no wifi, and no video games to compete with. There’s no hiding in their rooms. There’s no texting friends for countless hours. All we have is each other, enjoying nature as a family.
When you take away all of those other distractions we actually learn a lot more about each other. They can’t get away with those silly or short answers to questions about their day was like “fine” or “I don’t know”. When we are on a hike or around the campfire I hear full stories about what they are working on in Science or how hard the exercises in gym are, or what jokes made them laugh recently.
My husband and I get to share some stories with them as well. Like when I was growing up how my parents were very busy working most of the time but there were a few times we were able to take a family vacation. We would go camping and fishing and I remember it being some of the best days of my childhood. I love sharing these memories with my family and letting them see why these outdoor adventures are so important to me.
Overall, we try and create some pretty amazing memories on these trips. We are able to show our kids things they have never seen, teach them things they won’t learn about in school, and visit places that aren’t always easy to get to.
One of our most memorable trips we went on was to Havasupai, Arizona. My husband and I and our 2 kids hiked a tough 10 miles down to the village and then another few miles to some amazing waterfalls. Overall, we hiked over 28 miles in one weekend. When we got to the trial head there was a small crowd of people up there chatting. When they saw the kids they started cheering us on. The crowd was pretty impressed to see an 8 and 10 year old complete such a tough hike. They have learned how much they are capable of, how strong they are, and how much we love them and enjoy their company.
And yes, sometimes it will rain while we’re setting up our tent or the wind will be too strong for us to start a fire, and even hail as we are climbing down a mountain. But when we keep in mind all of the great things we’ve experienced as a family on our adventures there’s no doubt it’s worth every single second. So always remember the “why”.