Sleep under the stars
When we first started to throw around the idea of packing up our pre-school aged kids and hitting the backcountry we were pretty nervous. I was not confident that I could shoulder a pack for any length of time and there seemed to be so many barriers to such an undertaking and some pretty large scale things that could go wrong (hello bears). However, it turned out that our biggest challenge was overcoming our uncertainties and heading out on our first trip.
Camping is probably one of the best ways to completely immerse your family in nature. Whether you are RVing or spending multiple days in the backcountry, you will run into many opportunities to push your boundaries and explore. While many people find it intimidating, we find that tenting can be doable with kids of all ages, including infants, if you are sufficiently prepared.
Whether you are heading out on a challenging trek or just a quick walk in the woods, hiking is a great opportunity to commune with nature. The magic that happens on the trail is all about being present to your surroundings and connecting with a place on a variety of levels.