If you haven't already guessed, the one thing that our family loves doing is spending time together outside. Whether we're gone for half a day hiking or a weekend camping, our children are always eager to come along. I think they enjoy the outdoors as much as we do because we have fostered a love of nature since they were infants. In fact, I remember hiking Zion National Park when I was five months pregnant with my first child...although I definitely do not recommend it.
If you love camping and hiking, but have little ones and are uncertain how they would react to such a change from their normal routine, I suggest going on short and easy excursions the first few times. Soon enough they'll find spending time outdoors a part of their normal routine and may even begin asking you to go like ours do.
If you're lucky, or at least persistent, you'll find your four-year-old hiking up small mountains.
You'll find your seven-year-old helping set up camp.
Your six-year-old will help you cook.
Your ten-year-old will think she can conquer the world.
I love that niece of mine.
Children of all ages (and the adults too) will have fun learning about wildlife.
Like collared lizards:
Hiking and camping doesn't have to be hard. I used to think that the only "real" camping experience came from "roughing it". That isn't necessarily so. I've discovered many tips to have a fun and rewarding outdoor experience over the years with relative ease and convenience. I'd like to share those tips with y'all, but thought I'd see if there is an interest first. Would you like me to share some of my camping/hiking/roadtrip tips in an ongoing series with you? I promise it'll be worth your time!
Hey, I may even give you the secret to what hotdogs are made of...if you're lucky. But don't take it from me, just ask Dan Aykroyd himself.