Ah, the joyful sounds of nature: wind rustling the leaves, birds singing, children whining. Wait, no.
Like so many things, once you have children, hiking just isn’t the same anymore, if it happens at all. We used to love packing up backpacks for day long outings and wandering a bit of trail for hours. But usually, young kids are not always so into that, and neither are you after you’ve been running on two hours sleep and your muscles ache from picking them up and putting them down 20 times an hour. And so we have left behind any preconceptions of the old vision of what it means “to hike” and have found joy in hiking with our kids with a few simple “kid hacks”. Here’s a short list of things that have worked for us, most of the time.