My Hiking Princess


J hiked two miles into a canyon.

This is one of my favorite things that happened while we were at Bandolier National Monument. Over the last few years, I have taken J on longer walks and hikes before. Once when she was recovering from being sick and out of day care because she’d had a fever the day before, I took her to Palo Duro Canyon. We hiked and ate lunch out there, but I ended up feeling terrible – her fever came back the next day.

But not this time, this was full on threenager exploration mode. Our little 3 year old hitting the trail with the group and doing her best to keep up with adult legs.

I’m blow away by what she can do.

She wasn’t wearing tennis shoes, hiking boots, or even closed toed shoes. She wasn’t wearing jeans and a t-shirt or some technical pants that rustles and wicked moisture away.

Nope. None of those things.

She wore her dress and sandals.

We were hiking in a group. She would run in her little sandals to catch up to the group whenever she got behind and only had to stop because it got to steep for daddy to let her keep running.

It was pretty amazing. She is one tough girl that J-girl.

I’m looking forward to taking her on some more hikes as soon as I can. She loved it.


About Sean Smith

Husband, Father, Pastor, Swimmer, Writer, Reader, and attempted Adventurer!
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