Summer vacation season is upon us. For many kids that will mean becoming latchkey kids and spending hours on the couch playing video games. Such is the curse of their generation.
Going outside? Boring. Hiking? That’s just a really long walk.
If you want your kids to enjoy hiking and the great outdoors, you need to “make it fun,” says Jeff Alt, renowned hiking expert and author of the new book Get Your Kids Hiking! How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun.
Jeff is an avid hiker. In addition to walking the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail, he also walked the 218-mile John Muir Trail with his wife, and trekked across a 50-mile path of Ireland with his wife, young daughter, and extended family. He and his wife emerged from the church doors on their wedding day wearing backpacks, and his son was taken on his first hike at 8 weeks.
That’s a serious love of hiking and he’s eager to share it with other families.
Jeff has lots of great advice about how to make sure you and the kids have a great time outdoors. “It’s time to get off the couch and hit the trail with your kids.”