Danny went on his first hike yesterday! We’ve taken him hiking several times, but this is the first time that we let him walk part of the way. He was downright giddy. I think we have a young outdoorsman in our family!
Mike, Danny, Ally, and I drove to Cunningham Falls State Park in Maryland. After an hour and a half, we arrived eager to see the waterfall, lake, and beach. Then we saw the “no pets” sign at the entrance. My heart sank. Well who needs a park that is so crowded that they don’t want Ally there? We found a deserted trail in nearby Catoctin Mountain Park, and Ally got to run around without disturbing anyone. It was just right.
The calming greenery took its effect right away. Have you heard about this study from NIH? Activities in natural, green settings can reduce ADHD symptoms in children.
After almost 4 miles, we got back to the car, dropped off the backpack, and let Danny walk on the trail. He was ready to get hiking! He even tried to say “hike” a few times, but it came out more like “huh.”
This video is the best. I love my boys so much:
Hi, I’m Charlotte! I’m a photographer in Reston, Virginia. I love hiking, running, and exploring the world with my husband and young son.