|Family First Summits|
Our son is a big fan of camping; Campgrounds, huts, cabins, hostels - it's all camping to him and he gets excited to stay overnight in the mountains. We are very blessed that so far our son appears to LOVE hiking and so far he's up to distances of 9km using a combination of his feet and two small wheels underneath him on his Strider balance bike. We've been doing some serious pioneering in the fields of Bike Hiking with the balance bike, Chariot Hiking and Chariot Backpacking and plan to be ready should backcountry travel with a Chariot or balance bike ever become Olympic Sports.
|Balance Bike Backcountry Trips|
Of increasing importance to me over the last couple of years is toddler and preschool hiking, family tourism in the Canadian Rockies, and outdoor play. You'll find lots of ideas and suggestions in this blog related to all three areas. As our son gets older we're learning to slow down, to take it easy on child appropriate journeys, and to appreciate play in the great outdoors.
|Simple hikes in the Canadian Rockies|
|My writing allows for us to stay at some pretty incredible places!|
New since last summer as well is our family's plunge into paddling. While we have always been mountain people preferring to stick to rock and solid ground, we have recently fallen in love with water sports and will be devoting much of our time this summer to canoeing, kayaking, and stand up paddleboarding - my absolute favourite sport on the planet as of last August.
|First Family Canoe Trip last summer|
|One of my first SUP tours last summer|
It is never easy doing family trips to the mountains and this blog will never be all rainbows and lollipops. I 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.
|First Summits in the Canadian Rockies|
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|Year Round Camping!|