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Hiking with Kids: My Favorite Summer Memory

Hiking with Kids: My Favorite Summer Memory

I already shared what I learned about my family on summer vacation. But there was a single moment that defined what I loved about this summer…and my family.

Since we first met, hiking has been a special part of the relationship with my hubby. Our first outing as friends was a hike up Mt. Jefferson which 5 years later was the site of his amazing proposal to me. Flash forward to today with our full-time careers and two children, we don’t often find the time to go hiking with our kids. Work, chores, and family events often fill up our weekends.

But each summer, we try to incorporate hiking into our vacations. This year was no exception. But I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to work out. Would I be able to carry Owen (21 months, 28 lbs.) in the hiking backpack? Would he ride in the backpack up and down the mountain without crying, fidgeting, or worse? Would my daughter complain the whole time because no friend was with us like in past years?

As it turned out, all my worries were for nothing. It was a perfect day – challenging hike with amazing summit views, an impromptu drum circle of sticks on stones, wild blueberries, happy dog and kids, and lots of smiles between mom and dad. And then the single defining “love” moment. We were coming down the mountain, Owen was happily snoozing in his backpack, Mama was proud of herself for avoiding a tweaked back or twisted ankle, and I look up and see this:

Dad and daughter hiking with family

Pure love!

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  1. Brenda August 29, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I’m so with you on this one, but my pure love hiking moment this summer was when I caught my kids (son age 5, daughter age 3) holding hands on the trail. No one told them too, it just came naturally out in nature!
    I secretly snapped a photo from behind and it is one of my favorites.

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      Amy August 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      I love the visual of that moment Brenda! My sister recently snapped this one of my daughter and nephew. I just adore it.

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