Yesterday, we went on a 2-hour hike as a family. We crunched leaves, skipped rocks over a creek, listened to the wind whisper through the trees, touched tree bark, and marveled at the majesty of Nature.
As we wandered up-and-over, around-and-across, I thought to myself, "THIS is what childhood should be. This discovery, this simplicity, this uncontaminated beauty."
What is childhood without nature - without the sweet sunlight on your cheeks, the dirt beneath your feet, and the smooth rocks in the palms of your hand?
Maybe someday we will move to a property right on the edge of a forest.
For now, we will drive away from suburbia into the embrace of the outdoors - as often as we can. We will escape to the mountains and the creeks - savoring the chance to think clearly, to speak forthrightly.
"I much prefer being out in nature to going to Target or the fair or the mall," I said to Tim as our adventure came to an end, "Let's go hiking every weekend from now on." He agreed heartily to this sentiment. Perhaps we will. Indeed, perhaps we will.
Do you go hiking with your family? If so, how often?
ALSO - If you have small children (birth - age 5), I'm curious how you handle the "logistics" of hiking. Do you use a backpack carrier? How far are your hikes? Etc.