A huge part of my 52 hike challenge journey has been finding the balance between my needs and my children’s needs. While I’ve definitely increased the number of kid led hikes we’re leading, I’m trying to be really mindful of how much adult pace I ask of them. The last couple hikes were mostly at my pace. My birthday hike was a walking pace and pretty long. While the Bong Recreation hike wasn’t nearly as long, we did move pretty quickly to stay warm.
So the kids were due for a full on wanderlust hike. I only urged them forward as little as possible and mostly my requests were that we play in the sunshine. Occasionally, I’d ask to move out of the wind. Otherwise, I left them to their devices as they ran gleefully through the same puddle 40 times. Or splashed the pond to stir up mud. Or tromped over the bridges. We sat peacefully and ate our snacks and watched the geese.