By Fredrica Syren
When I met my husband, I was a person who liked the outdoors for dining, taking a stroll or even having a picnic. However, when it came to working out, I preferred doing that in a gym. My husband James has always been a great outdoors person who has gone on many long treks in the Sierras, and loves camping and hiking. Luckily, he made a believer out of me and today we’re passing our passion for hiking on to our kids.
On the weekends, we all five go out on family hikes. Usually, we go early in the morning or later afternoon so it won’t be too hot for the kids. We hike for about a 2-mile but take it very slowly, even stop to explore, climb, play and have snack time. While out, we look at any animals crossing our path (last weekend we found a king snake), look at trees, flowers, etc., and learn about them as we hike along. We also gather dead leaves, branches and much more that we can use to make art projects such as fairy houses. It is like taking a classroom outside. I can’t imagine a better place to learn about science, biology and so much more.
Bella, who is six years old, walks the entire way while Noah, who is two and half years old, walks most of the way and travels some in a carrier backpack on daddy’s back. Baby Liam snoozes in a Moby wrap during the whole hike.
Our family hikes are about spending time together, and having tons of fun while learning and exploring as well as getting a great workout, too.
To have a successful hike with kids, I recommend these tips: