Hip hip hurray! It’s officially the Summer Season! Do you have an outdoor adventure (or two or three) planned? Whether it’s camping, hiking, or just hanging out at a park, we’ve got you covered with a few tips and reminders before you head out.
Let's talk about how kids explore the world around them.
It used to be that whenever we went hiking as a family, we were all "Go Go Go". Did having a kid stop us? No way! We'd strap him into a backpack carrier and head on our way no matter how long the trail. We were those people who'd brag about how far our kid hiked with us. Four miles, six miles… "oh, he’s good," we’d say!
Then...well, then he grew too big for us to carry him.
There was whining. There were fits. Sometimes he’d seem tired one moment and be running the next. Or he would do something that seemed designed to unnerve us.
One time, he just took off running in the direction of the trailhead as fast as he could. Another time he sat down on the trail and wouldn’t budge.
When we started Super Nature Adventures, we sent out a survey to families about hiking that revealed that our challenges were pretty much the norm. Lots of you shared stories about your kid rebelling while on the trail. As many of you noted, even if you are committed to getting outdoors, when kids revolt, going hiking with them can feel like a really big slog.
In our household, we have a really fun tradition of going on an outdoor adventure every Mother’s Day weekend.
This year we ended up at Rowena Crest in the Columbia River Gorge, we we ended up taking a short hike along the rocky plateau to see the bright yellow balsamroots and purple lupines that are currently in full bloom.
I've always loved these Mother’s Day trips because they give us a chance to reflect on nature in transformation. Spring is a such a great time of year to think about nature and change.
Every spring is a little different. Last Mother's Day, we were able to hike on Mt Hood to Mirror Lake, while this year (because of our cold and wet winter) that trail is still partially covered with snow.
Over the years, these adventures have become a special time for us to bond together as a family while also taking a break from the hectic pace of spring work and school schedules. Our lives can get stressful, and getting outdoors is proven to help.
We created Super Nature Adventures because we believe in the power of nature to transform kids’ lives. We want to support families with materials that spark wonder, support learning and creativity, and empower kids to put nature into their own hands. We are excited to start this blog because it allows us to connect to families beyond our little corner of the Pacific Northwest.
We're jazzed about all the ideas we have for this blog. Some include:
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Bryna R. Campbell