There is something to be said about what kids can learn from their conversations with Daddy (or Mama) while they ride along on adventures. I love that our Deuter Kid Comfort III allows J to ride comfortably along while Daddy takes advantage of a perfect opportunity to show J a little bit of this country we love so much.
This weekend we ventured out in the backcountry mountains with both boys in packs. P managed to sleep almost the whole time, but J was a chatterbox until the last 20 minutes of a 5 hour adventure:
However, it was all worth it to listen to the (surprisingly advanced) interactions between J and Daddy:
- Discussing the differences between pine, spruce and fir
- Talking about different routes to get to the top of the bench
- J’s concern over how Mama was doing and him telling me which way to go (ok, Mr. Toddler!! :))
- Packing the trail for Mama
- Who packed the other trails that we saw in the woods
- Where were the other people he was hearing talking above us
- Why we couldn’t go straight up the mountain (and why switchbacks could be so difficult on steep terrain)
- Why Katmai (the dog) was trying to bring a small tree with us (who needs sticks when you can go big?!?)
- If P’s eyes were still closed (and why he was sleeping?!?)
J was engaged, curious and having the time of his life.
I love that it was a bonding experience for J and Daddy. I love that J’s perspective is so positive about skiing (for hours) and he truly takes in everything around him. He wasn’t whining, he wasn’t worried, he was comfortable and he was secure and safe with Daddy (plus he got trail mix at the top!)
And THAT is exactly what we want for our kids – to be up for a challenge, to be safe and to love the outdoors.
I was thrilled to get back to the car and have P all smiles (despite getting a face-full of snow earlier with Mama…which is a whole story in itself) and loving life.
Today we were singing the praises of the Deuter Kid Comfort III and I wanted to take the opportunity to share it with you all (because, really – this carrier is the King of comfort for kids.)