Start them right from the beginning. Remember, the kid is a science experiment. Watch and see what happens!
|Arches National Park, at 9 months|
|Joshua Tree National Park|
Yes, getting very, very dirty is part of the deal. It doesn't hurt them. I learned that from a woman's diary of the Oregon Trail! I never forgot where she wrote that "we learned that a baby doesn't die if it's not bathed for 3 months." Oy. One week? I can do it! (Tip: when they are babies, find or make nylon pants. Those brush off easily when they've been crawling in the dirt. By the time they are 4 & 5, as here, it's a lost cause).
|Green Lake, Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA|
Even when they still need furry friends in their packs, they can hike and camp and have a great time!
|Lost Creek Wilderness, CO|
|Caribou Lake, Indian Peaks Wilderness, CO|
|Stinson Beach, CA|
|Death Valley NP, CA, during the record bloom of 2005|
Go Underground! Science lurks everywhere, like when you discover that it's cold underground, even when it's hot hot hot on the surface
|Lava Beds National Monument, CA.|
Get cold! A single-digit day with high winds, and walking on a lake were new concepts for our California boys (tip for other warm-climate folks visiting the cold: we made a thrift shop nearly our first stop, and picked up a couple of warm jackets for the boys, which could be left behind when we finished).
|Maine at the NewYear. It made sense to us.|
If you go outdoors, maybe you can even make some new friends.
|A boy and someone else's dog--the only kind he got to experience.|
When camping you will almost certainly enjoy some quality family time.
|If there's only one chair, you might get a kid on your lap.|
And, finally, the kids might even spend more time reading!
|A tent is a good place to read at the end of a long day.|
I have linked this post up to the Kid Lit Blog Hop to share my feelings about being outdoors as well as reading. Drop over to the Hop and see what else is being written and reviewed about this week!
©Rebecca M. Douglass, 2015