This first post is mildly terrifying as I am 100% new to the world of blogging. It has been suggested however that I create a blog to chronicle the joys and challenges of getting children into the mountains.
I am the mom of a spunky 2 year old named Noah and wife to an amazing husband, Mark. We live in Calgary, Canada at the doorstep to the fabulous Rocky Mountains. We try to get out every weekend to go hiking, backpacking, camping, or skiing in the winter. Even if it's -30, you will still find us pulling Noah around the cross country ski trails of Kananaskis or Banff. So far we have managed one family backpacking trip and one back-country hut trip per summer. I am working hard at pioneering the sport of Chariot Hiking and Backpacking and plan to be ready should it become an Olympic Sport. We are very blessed that so far Noah appears to LOVE hiking and I'm sure he will be featured in photograph albums around Asia this fall when the tourists return home. Noah also takes after his Daddy and seems destined to follow in his footsteps as a rock climber. When we go to the zoo, his favorite place to visit is the scrambling cave in the Canadian Wilds. He'd rather spend an hour there than look at any of the animals.
It is never easy doing family trips to the mountains and this blog will not be all rainbows and lollipops. I plan to describe the incidents that make us laugh as a family and the ones that make us want to throw in the towel and find a permanent weekend babysitter. (Hello Grandma!) There are real challenges when you choose to take your biggest passion and add children. That being said, I think we are surviving fabulously and it is my goal to inspire other families to also get out and explore the wonderful Canadian Rockies.
This is our playground: