I'm one of those people who loves to do anything outdoors: water tubing, hiking, skiing, you name it. As a new mom, there are some things I can't necessarily do anymore, unless I have a day without my daughter. However, there are some things, like hiking, that I can share with her and still do. While it may not seem like the most exciting thing for kids at a young age, my daughter seems to enjoy it, which is why, I'm sure, she'll here one of the many things kids whose moms love hiking expect to hear at some point.
For my daughter, she has it easy right now. When we go hiking, she luxuriously sits in a stroller or is carried on my back, eating cheerios and drinking water in the shade and, you know, not putting forth much effort or energy in the hiking department. As she gets older, however, and can hike on her own without riding in a stroller or hitching a ride on my back, there will be many things she will hear from me in preparation for the hike, during the hike, and at the end of the hike that, in no time, I'm convinced she'll repeat in her sleep. Some of them are important safety lessons I feel she should know. Others, are just things I would like to share with her.
Though hiking can be difficult at times and my daughter may get tired of hearing some of the same things over and over again, she can at least gain an appreciation for what hiking can do for you and how it can shape you as a person. If, one day, she decides she doesn't like it, that will be the end of our hiding days. However, and for now, I'm glad that hiking is "our thing."