What is your goal by doing this?
First I want to continue doing these trips for us. I truly believe in spending time enjoying the outdoors and keeping active. Second, I want to encourage parents with kids that it is possible to continue living your adventurous lifestyle. Sure some things have to be modified but in the end you are still getting out there and enjoying what you love. Don't be afraid of the unknown!
Is my daughter (MJ) enjoying all of these "adventurous" outings?
One day at daycare I was listening to my daughter talking to her friends. They were talking about theirs weekends. When she told them she "again" went camping her friends ask "Why do you always go camping?" She replied "Because I love it".
That day, not only was I a proud mama but I also felt good knowing she truly did enjoy it.
Is there some moments where things get tough? Oh yes, but things can get tough at home too.
I always say I would rather my daughter having a meltdown in a place I want to be, like the mountains (No its not always easy and enjoyable) then her having a meltdown at home for no reasons at all. (Which is also not always easy and enjoyable) Those wonderful meltdowns don't last and in a matter of time we are both past it and having a great time doing what we love.
Do you have any stories about those times?
Do I ever! On one of our last trips to the mountains we were snowshoeing and she was already tired from the long drive. She is used to doing these trips alone with me and this time we were part of a group of parents with kids and she was trying to keep up with the big kids. Of course she couldn't keep up with them and she became frustrated. She also dropped her brand new hat down the path and I had to go retrieve it, running in my snowshoes while she screamed to the death. Lets just say we both became frustrated. But once we stop and talked about it, once I explained we could take our time and that she would still see the kids up top, things got better and I got my girl back. I also have some crazy stories involving big mess and me being "stabbed" by my own snowshoes but Ill keep those for next time!
What is your favorite activities? In the summer we both really enjoy backpacking, hiking, scrambling, camping and kayaking. In the winter it is a bit more challenging but we have been going out snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hiking, backcountry camping and starting alpine skiing this season.
What is your must have item travelling with kids?
My must have item? Food! haha Everyone that has kids will understand that one! And a proper water system as they need to keep hydrated. Everything seems more important once you have kids, you want them to always be comfortable, you want them happy. As long as they have good appropriate outdoor clothing (cotton, bad), good footwear, sunscreen, first aid for those blisters, sunglasses, shelter, food and water they will be just fine. Of course I do bring more as it makes it safer and more comfortable ;)
What do you girls do in bad weather?
Depends on what kind of bad weather we are talking about. Last summer we did the Iceline Trail Loop and it rained for 4 days. Other then the fact all of our gear was heavier and that we had to find shelter to eat and such we still had a wonderful trip. It was even snowing at night which made it that much more fun!
I do work during the week which only leaves us the weekend to get away. If the weather is REALLY bad or unsafe we do what we usually do on evenings during the week. We either go indoor climbing, swimming or we go shopping for gear!
Any future plans and Trips?
I make plans year(s) in advance. I love planning. Nothing like maps and wine (for mama anyways) Plus It's so great to have something to look forward to.
We have quite a few backpacking trips in mind for 2015, plus a few scrambles and I would also like to start adding more summits again for myself!
Hope to see more of you out there soon and like I said, don't be afraid of the unknown. Things can get challenging anywhere. Might as well get out and enjoy what the world has to offer!