Once upon a time, if someone had mentioned the word “adventure,” plans for heli-skiing in British Columbia, backpacking the Colorado Trail, climbing fourteeners, or paddling class V rapids may have filled your mind. Or maybe not – perhaps you simply dreamt of that kind of adventure. And now that you have taken on the role of parent, you might think those dreams are over and true adventure is a thing of the past. I once thought that too, but think again. Just because you now have little ones in tow doesn’t mean that adventure will forever elude you.
Getting outdoors with your child can slow you down just enough to experience the beauty and wildness of your surroundings on a whole new level. There is a joy so indescribable in witnessing your child climb up a rock he didn’t believe he could climb; a thrill in seeing her astonished reaction to a deer bounding up the hillside; a satisfaction in knowing you explored a new trail together, pushing through fatigue, finding your way, and creating lasting memories. When you allow yourself to see the outdoors through the eyes of your child, you will be challenged and you will be changed, and that my friends, is what I call adventure.
There are an abundance of trails waiting to be explored, rocks and mountains to climb, bugs and wildlife to be in awe of – so throw on your boots, pack your carrier with snacks, wipes, water, and sunscreen – and get out there! The adventure of a lifetime is waiting for you and your child. Are you ready?
Need some suggestions for starting small with these big adventures?
- Pack a picnic lunch and head to one of our favorite front range easy hikes.
- Pair one of our favorite park + local eats combinations!
- Load up the car and make the short trip to Moab.
- Pick a family friendly summer music festival and take your kids to groove to the music at the early shows.
- Walk on the wild side at the best local spots for Animal Lovers and Wildlife Education.
Regardless of the adventure you choose, getting outside and exploring this beautiful place we call home, will make memories that last a lifetime.