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First hike with my daughter
« on: August 31, 2012, 10:36:47 PM »
On days off I enjoy hiking the backside of my property. This week my 4 year old decided she wanted to go with me. I figured it would be fun for her so away we went.
Just starting out....


 
 

We had to overcome her fear of lions, tigers and bears, but before long she was blazing a trail.


 


Sitting on a stump talking about important things like dinosaurs and where her dog was going.
 

 
 

Her very first walking stick. I was proud, she made it back home with it. She used it to fend off the occasional dinosaur or tiger.
 

 
 

My property is pretty steep she is only a few feet from me.
 

 
 

Sitting in my favorite hunting spot, it's only about 3 feet off the ground.

 
 

We finally made it to where I wanted to go a waterfall about 8 feet tall that comes right out of the ground just a few yards upstream. It is my favorite spot on earth, and will hopefully be hers too.


 


She walked the whole trip herself and has talked about it all week. Makes me a happy man. We were sharing a bowl of ice cream on the porch and watching this sunset. It was pretty much a perfect day for Dad.  :)

 
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Re: First hike with my daughter
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2012, 11:53:37 PM »
Excellent.

Show the kids that there is something outside the back door.
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Re: First hike with my daughter
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2012, 12:16:35 AM »
A beautiful daughter, beautiful property, and a great day, I think dad has it good  :).

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Re: First hike with my daughter
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2012, 12:42:07 AM »
Riggs
What an awesome day with a beautiful daughter.
Brings back memories of my four youngin's and of 6 grand children. All too fast, they grow up.
Thanks for posting.
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Re: First hike with my daughter
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2012, 03:14:56 AM »
That is completely awesome.  Thanks for sharing!  My son is a year and a half old, and loves to be outside.  I can't wait until he's able to go on hikes like the one you describe here.  :)

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Re: First hike with my daughter
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2012, 05:21:53 AM »
I knew the feeling. I had many adventures in the woods with my granddaughters.  Enjoy it now before she is a teenager

I've posted a lot of our adventures but this one came to mind and I had to find it again.

The days are getting a little longer and the snow and ice is turning the ground to mud.  Ive had time to get a walk in before dark the last couple of evenings.

Id much rather go alone as thats one reason I like to take walks on the farm but Ive been taking Alex or Brooke along with me.  Theres no peace and quiet but it breaks up the girls giving Mary time with one and me with the other.  Thats a good thing. ;)

Last evening was Brookes turn.  We walked down the hill to the east and up the other side into the woods.  We were following the old log road north on the hog back ridge.  

Wed just past out of the patch of red cedar into the woods when Brooke took note of a nice young white oak standing straight and tall.  She says. Wow!  Look at the tree God made! It sure is a nice one.  She went up to it and petted it.  I said it sure was.  Grandma would have trouble getting a long log like that on the mill.  We agreed wed have to cut it into shorter logs.  Well have to come back and get that tree. Brooke said.

A couple hundred yards up the ridge we came to an open spot where the trails forked.  Our dowg, Puddin,  had been enjoying the walk also,  running here and there.  I was watching her watching something when Brooke said. Look Grandpa! Dogs!  They werent dogs but deer.  Five of them crossed over the trail just ahead of us.  Puddin didnt even offer to chase them even after we cut their trail.

Another hundred yards and we broke into the pasture behind my folks house.  Brooke was totally confused as to why there would be a house hidden in the woods.  I asked her if she thought it looked like Grannys house.  She knew it didnt because Grannys car wasnt there. (She was looking for the carport on the wrong side) We got into the yard and she noted the old corn crib. Look,  there is a thing just like at Grannys.  She said with wide eyes.   :o

When we came around into the front yard and she noted every concrete yard ornament was just the same as Grannys.  Even the tacky wood butterflies on the wall were the same.

We made it to the kitchen door and she pushed her way in to see who was in this house just like Grannys.   Sure enough,  there was Granny working in the kitchen.  Brooke marched right up to Granny and quizzed her on how come she had a house in the woods just like the house like she had on the road.  It wasnt sinking in that it was the same house.  She took her case to Grandpa George (my dad the girls call him Grannys Grandpa).  He got a kick out of her confusion.

After our visit with my folks,  we left by the road.  We turned to look back at Grannys house from the front.  We talked about Grannys house in the woods verses Grannys house on the road and I think she was still confused. ???

We got home and Mary and Alex had made biscuits for supper and had a pineapple upside down cake ready to go into the oven.  

Brooke was full of stories including finding Grannys house in the woods.  Seeing the deer was about fifth on her list.

When she got to the story about the tree God made,  Mary asked her if she know what kind it was.  It was gray.  She said.

I would have enjoyed taking the walk alone but Id miss seeing it through the eyes of a child.
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Re: First hike with my daughter
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2012, 05:45:25 AM »

I would have enjoyed taking the walk alone but I’d miss seeing it through the eyes of a child.

Well said Bibby, very well said
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Re: First hike with my daughter
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2012, 06:50:30 AM »
I could sure use a smile this morning, thanks to you and your daughter for doing so.  :)

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Re: First hike with my daughter
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2012, 07:21:35 AM »
Bibbyman,this story brought back some memories for you and made you smile.
Riggs,I bet it was a perfect day for her too. There is a lot to see and alot to listen to. The listening part is the child asking questions and just talking about the woods and life. Keep doing it and soon she will know those woods as good as you do.
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Re: First hike with my daughter
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2012, 09:07:02 AM »
Riggs, great story man, just a awsome day! My four year old daughter just graduated college and got married last year, still trying to figure where the time went.  enjoy the moments brother they go so fast.   have a great week-end,  david
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Re: First hike with my daughter
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2012, 09:19:03 AM »
Very nice Riggs. It reminded me of walks with my kids many years ago. How can they be in their 30's?  :(

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Re: First hike with my daughter
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2012, 09:37:58 AM »
A great story and a beautiful ending to an eventful day.  A day that money can't buy.  I am sure that this will be only a beginning to a life filled with such outdoor activities.
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Re: First hike with my daughter
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2012, 10:02:04 AM »
Excellent post Riggs!

That is one beautiful day trip through the woods.

I can tell by the pics, she loves spending time with her Dad!
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Re: First hike with my daughter
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2012, 10:55:10 AM »
Thats about as cool as it gets !
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« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2012, 11:35:59 AM »
I was thinking about hikes with my daughter. She now refers to them as "forced marches"!  :D

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Re: First hike with my daughter
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2012, 12:49:43 PM »
Great thread,Riggs.
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Re: First hike with my daughter
« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2012, 02:27:16 PM »
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Re: First hike with my daughter
« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2012, 05:16:41 PM »
A great day!  One of many I hope. I still hike the Adirondacks with my twenty five year old daughter. Those days are the best!
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