I love going hiking with my daughter. She will be 2 in a week from now and ever since she was 5 months we have taken her hiking in a Deuter kid carrier I bought at REI.
With this bag she’s been all over Virginia and North Carolina.
She’s been carried up mountains, around lakes, through swamplands, over hills, and so on. She’s hiked when it was hot out and hiked in the cold. We’ve experienced highs and lows. There have been (many) moments of laughter and (fewer…thank God) moments of ‘get me the hell out of here’ screaming agony.
We’ve shared snacks, sang songs, learning much about each other during these hikes. Our time with the backpack has been some of our best father-daughter bonding moments or “Daddy daughter trip” as she likes to call it.
First goal as per usual = get outside as much as possible. I had an amazing morning recently running up two of the best trails near Roanoke Virginia. (Seriously, if you wanna experience some of the best views the Appalachian Trail has to offer, hike up McCaffee Knob and the Dragon’s Tooth)
Everyone should climb a mountain at some point in their life. Something amazing happens as you are huffing and puffing your way up over boulders. Through your oxygen deprived brain a realization dawns upon you”Holy crap I’m climbing a mountain…I CAN CLIMB A FREAKING MOUNTAIN!!” All of a sudden a brand new world of possibilities opens before you. You have achieved something out of the ordinary, something you may have believed to be impossible. You have accomplished something EXTRAORDINARY.
“Ordinary people do extraordinary things.”- Jim Valvano (Coach of the NC State Wolfpack)Continue reading