Hiking. Fresh Air, Great Views and Fun
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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20 Feb 17
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.
• United States
19 Feb 17
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.
23 Feb 17
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.
• Midland, Michigan
1 Mar 17
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.
1 Mar 17
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....
• United States
27 Feb 17
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!
20 Feb 17
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...