Alli’s first backpacking trip

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Alli’s been bugging me forever to take her backpacking. Here’s the deal, though — I wasn’t sure she’d like it.

Don’t get me wrong. I know why she thought she’d like it. Because she like Cadillac camping. But Cadillac camping is a piece of cake. Backpacking is a grind. So, I gotta admit, I wasn’t 100% sure how she’d do.

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The Question I Answered in 62 Miles

I’d been thinking about it the entire hike. My son’s question, that is. Daddy, why do you walk up and down the mountains? There it was, day four, and I still wasn’t sure what the answer was.

I think it was mile 15 on that day when I started to get a bit loopy. Fatigue’ll do that to you. I stared at the leaf-covered trail and wondered which of those leaves would be carried away by the tips of my trekking poles and which would stay put.

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35 Pounds

By now, I’ve got it down to a science.  An odd science. A contradictory one, even ­­– relying upon so little to accommodate so much.

Parenting is kinda like that. At least, that’s what I’ve always thought. Many of the lessons I try to teach my kids are all-encompassing ones. Yet I have to be as concise as possible or my little ones will lose the lesson in all the verbiage. Brief but thorough is the best way to get the point across. Maybe the only way, even.

So, yeah, 35 pounds. On the one hand, I suppose, quite a lot. But on the other, not much at all. Unless you’re a four-year-old. They think it’s a ton. And, believe me; they’ve given it plenty of thought, obsessing over it almost as much as I have.

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