Taking Kids Exploring

Taking Kids Exploring

It’s always fun to let kids discover outdoor fun. We recently picked up our son’s friend and went out to the Edward Ball Nature Preserve to go hiking. When we first started walking the friend kept asking, “What are we doing?” and “What do you do on a hike?”  The tone soon changed as he discovered the turtles and fish that we saw from the boardwalk. The walk turned into an exciting adventure.

Our son holding the geocache we found

Our son holding the geocache we found

Soon, we exited the boardwalk to venture out onto the biking and hiking trails. Suddenly, the walk turned into an obstacle course of jumping over fallen trees.

After we finished our hike, we drove in the car for a short distance to look for a geocache. Following the map on the iPhone geocaching app, we got within about 25 feet of the cache. We then started looking through the bushes and happily discovered a large geocache filled with treasure for the boys.

This was our guest’s first time geocaching. The boys had a blast and were already planning the next adventure.

What started as a boring walk turned into a fun adventure. When the hike ended the boys didn’t want to stop. They wanted to continue exploring, running, jumping, and climbing. Perhaps you aren’t a very adventuresome parent. Let me encourage you to take the kids out and you’ll be excited to see the fun they have.

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