I often hear people say, ‘I can’t do ____ anymore, because I have kids now.’ (fill in the blanks with, biking, hiking, road trips, whatever adventure you like. )
My first thought when I hear a statement like that, is ‘YES you can!’ When you have children, your adventures do not need to stop, they just need to be adjusted a little bit. You may need to pack more snacks. (okay- a lot more snacks) , take a different route, and even take slower steps, but having children does not hold you back from any adventure that you may have set upon your heart.
I am amazed at who my children become when I bring them along on my outdoor adventures, I see them settle into their true selves- their complete inner beings come alive and wild as they run through the woods, jump off of rocks, and as I , as their mother let my guard down, throw away the rules, and let them simply be explorers.
It warms my heart so much seeing my children be themselves.
Don’t let your fear of, a slower hike, a longer bike ride (from stopping every 5 minutes), camping in the middle of nowhere, or a cross country road trip with kids scare you away from adventure. Let your children awaken a new sense of adventure in YOU! Let bringing your children along on revised adventures teach you patience , love, and to find in your heart that inner child that you knew so many years ago. I have a list in my mind a mile long of ideas, suggestions and tips for taking kids on adventures and road trips and how to survive and how to see adventures with kids as a blessing .
A few years ago, during the Fall, my daughter and I set out on a random road trip to Pepin, Wisconsin, as she had wanted to see the birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I had brought my camera along, with no plans on taking any specific photos, but it always makes a good co-pilot just in case.
Below are a few random images that I ended up capturing of my daughter behind the little log cabin at the Laura Ingalls Wilder birthplace site, near a clump of beautiful birch trees.
The entire day, was a ‘go with the flow’ kind of a day, we didn’t have anything specific planned, other than the goal of seeing the museum and birthplace site. We ventured around Pepin, ate dinner at an outside restaurant and ended our day on the beach of Lake Pepin, watching the sunset and skipping rocks into the water.
Where will you explore with your children next?
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”- Proverbs 22:6
Thanks for reading,
— Kelly W.