Thursday, July 18, 2013

Lessons from our family camp & climb

Our family camped and climbed mountains in the Adirondacks earlier this month.
I learned a few things:
1. We are certainly cabin people. Should probably donate the tent.
2. You can never have enough tarps, firewood, bug spray, & snacks.

3. Frozen food is your friend. Frozen water bottles serve double-duty: ice blocks in the cooler & cold refreshment.
4. The unplanned can end up to be the most memorable
swimming in pjs at the break of dawn
5. Keep sleeping quarters off-limits until bedtime. Sand-free zone.
6. One can survive, even thrive without cell phone coverage and screen-free entertainment 
7. Climbing a mountain is a killer exercise in appreciating the journey as much as the destination.
My husband carried our 35lb 2 year old on his back, it rained buckets the night before, and our kids had never climbed before so we had very realistic expectations. It could be too muddy, too challenging for us to make it to the top, but we're going for it!

My little trailblazers met every challenge and we made it up and down in good spirits! No whining and remarkable recoveries from missteps and bloody knees.

The top was exhilarating, don't get me wrong. The 360 view of mountains and lakes at the summit were certainly rewarding for the hard work. But the journey was most memorable to me. The way we worked together and supported each other was inspiring.

The courage in my children's steps across boulders and around exposed roots made me jubilant!

For months my husband & I have been evaluating choices for our family's future. I've grown quite weary of the process. Disappointments this past year have taken a toll on me.

I'd rather go to sleep and arrive than face the threats of the unknown to my security and comfort.
Hiking was therapeutic and timely.

The Lord directs the steps of the godly,
He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall, 
for the Lord holds them by the hand. 
Psalm 37: 23-24
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  1. beautiful pictures and looks like it was so much fun! Glad your family had this experience, many more to come!

  2. Love this post so much. And the pictures - WOW!

  3. love love love!
    we have just started to plan some of our own adventures, so this gets me so excited with anticipation!!!


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