7feetnorth. Adventure and travel to discover the unknown and uncommon…with kids
My name is Heather and I am not a tourist. To me the word “tourist” brings to mind the family who, while on vacation, drive the car to the designated photo opportunity, pile out and take a quick picture, then get back in and move on to the gift shop before eating at the local chain restaurant. They can check off the box that they have been to this location, but what have they really seen? Too many people go through life without really living it. These people ‘live in a gray twilight” (Theodore Roosevelt) where comfort and ease are their gods.
I love to dig deep, to really know the place I am exploring. I love to get out there and find out all I can about the location. To find the uncommon. To learn the history and about the people who have been there before me. Going somewhere new excites me. It can be anywhere; it’s just exciting because I have never seen it before!
But… I have 4 children! Four young children! The words “he’s looking at me” have been cried in our house more than once. “If I have to pull this car over…” may or may not have come out of my mouth. Minecraft is often preferred to a hike. So how do I teach my four perfectly normal kids the love of exploration and adventure that my husband and I have? Do we change our hobbies just because we have children or teach them our passions?