Hiking. Fresh Air, Great Views and Fun

Canada
February 19, 2017 6:39am CST
My sister and I started camping with our children when they were as young as 4. It continues today with all of them in their 30's and 40's. I call it a life time of healthy attitudes... We climbed mountains. Our first hike up with the small children was a Fire Tower hike in the Adirondacks of New York. The children flew up those trails and their moms trailed behind them. My sister and I were soaked in sweat and exhausted when we got to the top. But the views were breathtaking. We've done that hike a few times and when one of the children was old enough to drive we let them go by themselves. We continued taking the kids to a different trail or mountain every summer and we loved it, still the kids did it better than we did but we did it. One overnight hike sleeping in a lean-too was one too many for us moms, It was a lot harder than we thought it was and we were not prepared and ran out of water...not a good thing. We lived to tell about it but won't be doing that again... My daughter for several summers during her University life worked for OutLook, an organization that took troubled teens into the wild for 5 to 14 day canoe camping trips in Algonquin Park here in Canada. She loved it and eventually took her brothers into the park with friends for canoe camping. I found this link on Facebook this morning. Hiking is a healthy thing to do. Makes me proud we took the time and energy to do that with our children who all grew up into awesome adults. The photo is just a few of our adult camping children. Are you a hiker? And if yes, where did you go?
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Feb
I think it is just so great that you went camping with family for so many years. I can only imagine the wonderful memories you must have.
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• Canada
19 Feb
And we still do, all the kids were there last year. Several have children so the grands show up too...
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Feb
@PainsOnSlate I remember reading your posts about it.
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@LoriAMoore (10031)
• United States
19 Feb
My dad used to take us camping up until my parents divorced when I was 12. Haven't been camping since.
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• Canada
19 Feb
My parents took us camping too so when the time arrived my sister and I decided to continue the history. We were in our 30's/40's when we started with out kids/
@Morleyhunt (16729)
• Canada
19 Feb
I enjoy hiking. Friday afternoon I managed a three mile hike....this afternoon I plan to go again.
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• Canada
20 Feb
If it stays warm I need to get on the Bruce Trail and take some photos and enjoy the warmth. Good for you!!!
@Corbin5 (81872)
• United States
19 Feb
Such a wonderful experience you provided for your children. Instilling the love of the outdoors is of great benefit. I am not a camper or a hiker, more of a walker in the neighborhood.
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• Canada
20 Feb
Thanks for the kind words, I believe walking is as good as hiking, just not as much sweat...
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@Kandae11 (27099)
19 Feb
Sounds like a lot of fun, - and spending time in the fresh air is healthy.
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• Canada
23 Feb
It is a lot of fun and healthy for sure.
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@Gillygirl (15290)
• Sutton, England
19 Feb
I used to go camping and hiking with my parents. My husband doesn't like that sort of thing. It is a healthy lifestyle.
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• Canada
20 Feb
I got my husband into a ten once, he hated it, His business happened to take his whole summer so my sister (divorced) and I got together to make sure our kids got to camp. We camped as children and then we camped with our children - started back in the 1980's and we've only missed one year (because of a house fire) and we still do it every summer.
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@Gillygirl (15290)
• Sutton, England
20 Feb
@PainsOnSlate I remember reading about your trips on the now defunct B site.
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• Canada
20 Feb
@Gillygirl I've been writing about our experiences for a long time.
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@averygirl72 (14064)
• Philippines
21 Feb
No we don't do hiking or camping as family. Sounds fun and memorable for your family
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• Canada
21 Feb
We are happy campers and hikers.
@averygirl72 (14064)
• Philippines
21 Feb
@PainsOnSlate That's really inspiring I wonder if we can do that too in the future
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• Canada
21 Feb
@averygirl72 Just find someplace that has a trail and follow it, parks and beaches are a good place to start.
@katsmeow1213 (28927)
• United States
19 Feb
We hiked up 2 mountains this year. We did Whiteface, which doesn't really count as we drove most of it and only hiked the last bit (the elevator was out) but it was gorgeous! Then in October we hiked Bald Mountain in Old Forge. That one we did completely as there's no driving up any of it. This coming summer we plan to hike Panther Mountain. My Godfather's ashes were scattered there. His brother wants me to take his mother's ashes there this year. She's been gone 10 years now and she's just been sitting in a box in his closet all this time. He has heart problems so can't do it himself.
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• Canada
23 Feb
I hope you get there and do spread her ashes, I've hiked and drove up Whiteface, its a lot of fun and most of the NY mountains are steep and not easy..but I was younger back then, I won't be climbing any more mountains. We still hike but mostly fairly flat trails.
• United States
23 Feb
@PainsOnSlate Bald Mountain in Old Forge isn't too bad.. it has some steep parts but most of it was easy. Hubby won't do anything too strenuous, he has bad knees. If he can do Bald Mountain, almost anyone can!
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• Canada
24 Feb
@katsmeow1213 Thanks for that we might think about it. I looked it up and its a fire tower hike, They are fun because they are not too difficult, If we get out that way it might be a good one to do.
@BelleStarr (32085)
• Portland, Connecticut
20 Feb
My daughter is very into hiking. With my bad knees my hiking days are over but I do think everyone who can should indulge.
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• Canada
21 Feb
I use walking sticks and shots in my knee... Hopefully by the end of the year I won't need the shots...
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@BelleStarr (32085)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Feb
@PainsOnSlate I have never gotten the shots, I am holding off using them as long as possible.
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• Canada
21 Feb
@BelleStarr I'm seeing my surgeon about getting the really strong shot but need to know how long it lasts and if my surgery can take place if I have the shots.
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@LadyDuck (122261)
• Switzerland
19 Feb
I do not like camping, but I love a good hiking. We have many places here were to go for the day for a long and relaxing walk.
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• Canada
23 Feb
I like both but I know a lot of people who do not like to camp[. Hiking is fun and healthy, I'm glad you enjoy it.
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@LadyDuck (122261)
• Switzerland
24 Feb
@PainsOnSlate I have always enjoyed hiking, since I was very young. My father loved hiking.
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• Canada
24 Feb
@LadyDuck I never started until my sister and I camped together.
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• Midland, Michigan
1 Mar
That's great, marilyn, that your kids and grandkids got into the habit of hiking. Where we live in Michigan, it's fairly flat. Therefore we didn't do any hiking as children, but there was woods behind our house that we spent a lot of time in each summer. Personally I've hiked up the White Mnts in New Hampshire, and there was a smaller mountain near where we lived that we hiked up several times in the year we lived there. Maybe I'll write more about my other hikes when I can sit at my desktop again.
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• Canada
1 Mar
WE took a lot of hikes (NYS trails in the Adirondacks). We were in the mountains to camp but many hikes were to see waterfalls and other interesting places (the largest/ oldest Pine tree in the Adirondacks) and the treails were flat and easy so i consider that hiking too, you don't have to go up to be hiking... I did the New Hampshire White Mountain while at college in Vermont..I don't remember what trail or mountain we were on....It was gorgeous....
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• Midland, Michigan
6 Mar
@PainsOnSlate I don't remember any of that either, and probably didn't remember once we went back home. But, that was over twenty years ago now.
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@shaggin (26941)
• United States
27 Feb
I absolutely love hiking. I try to go hiking to at least one new place each summer. My kids hate the outdoors so it is a bummer for me :-( That is so wonderful your sister and both your kids went on so many hiking trips together. What a wonderful hobby with I am sure many memories!
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• Canada
28 Feb
Our kids still do it so it must have been fun for them...
@shaggin (26941)
• United States
28 Feb
@PainsOnSlate some people love nature and some do not. My kids are like their father he hated being outside.
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@Yadah04 (2927)
• Philippines
20 Feb
lovely. i want to hike someday too.
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• Canada
20 Feb
It just a matter of driving out of your town and find public land to walk on, hikes and walks to lakes, waterfalls, or interesting mountains. I hope you get there..
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@Yadah04 (2927)
• Philippines
21 Feb
@PainsOnSlate yes, i hope too. there are actually several places to go on hiking in our place, but have a little trouble finding time.
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@DianneN (59632)
• United States
19 Feb
You certainly created lots of wonderful memories with your family over the years. I'm a walker and bike rider. I only have done hiking in Scotland, China, Nevada, and in California, and only for a few hours.
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• Canada
19 Feb
I like to walk and hike, now with bad knees I use walking sticks where ever I go..I would like to see Scotland.
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@DianneN (59632)
• United States
20 Feb
@PainsOnSlate Scotland is beautiful, but you must get your knees fixed up first.
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@amadeo (48047)
• United States
19 Feb
I also done this in my earlier.No more climbing due to my issues.But I still do walking trails to keep motivated.
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• Canada
23 Feb
That is what I do too, no more mountains for me...
@amadeo (48047)
• United States
23 Feb
@PainsOnSlate I see and do missed it terribly.
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@FayeHazel (11811)
• United States
20 Feb
I wish I was, I lack endurance. Great exercise too. Nice picture of family, thanks for sharing :-)
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• Canada
20 Feb
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
@sans224 (1840)
20 Feb
you can be proud about what you did for the children.
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• Canada
21 Feb
We are proud and now they are doing it with their children,
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@garymarsh6 (12175)
• United Kingdom
19 Feb
I remember before telling me about the wonderful times you had camping with your children and now grand children. I must tell you I admire you for it.
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• Canada
23 Feb
It is something I grew up with and continued with my own children. We love it.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
19 Feb
I would be a hiker if I could. I so admire you Paints and the kind of life you have given to your children and family. So lovely places you have seen and yes it is healthy.
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• Canada
23 Feb
We still enjoy it but we don't hike mountains anymore, too old and bad knees keep us on level ground.
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@andriaperry (33157)
• Anniston, Alabama
19 Feb
I love to hike but hate the snakes. I do go into my own woods often. We used to go camping when I was younger.
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• Canada
20 Feb
I don't see snakes in my woods and we don't see them while camping. Once out of the 30+ years we have camped a snake was sunning itself on a hot rock. It swam away...Never saw any while hiking, perhaps we weren't looking down... snakes tend to terrify me...