Ed and I have been hiking and backpacking since we started dating almost 25 years ago...and we're just crazy about it so we're really motivated to get Sammi and Nicki into trail hiking at the earliest age we can. Yep, we wanna be a motley crew of backpackers! If you ever peeked at our attic..and garage...and closets...and under our beds....you'd see our hiking and packing gear bursting out of the seams just everywhere. Call us "REI-is-Us"
So we hit the trails with the girls each Sunday. There's a plethora of really nice hiking trails in our area. Each time we go out, the girls' navigational skills on the uneven trail terrain gets better and better. Last Sunday, they managed to walk almost a mile on their own. (Hey, they're just 21 pounds and way less than 3 ft tall...that's pretty darn good.) They both know how much Ed and I love being out on the trails and they seemed very proud to show off for us .
"Okay, okay, REI....you're right. We'll be stopping by very soon as the girls do need some real hiking boots! Please don't look at their sandals (omg!)"
Last parting shot of Ed and Sammi....now isn't that a proud Papa....!