This post tags along with my last post "Taking Kids Hiking":
I love being outside and lucky enough for me my kids are enjoying the same affinity for natural beauty. I chose to hit Goll Woods for a quick hike late in the fall on a warm November day. This a great time to beat the heat and the mosquitos and get a little more out of the little ones on the trail.
-Here's a quick video of the time we had. (for HD you'll have to watch on YT)
I have two young sons (5 and 3) and they love the outdoors. They can be outside tearing each other to shreds in the backyard or scoping for antler sheds in the cold early spring and be perfectly content. There were a few learning bumps I had to endure along the way to transitioning my little ones to traversing the hike.
Those bumps were well worth introducing my passion to my kids.
Many kids don't get any real outdoor exposure at all. Taking the first steps to show them how wonderful the adventure of the hike is can be a critical learning point in their lives... and if you're at this page then you know you want to take the next steps with them. Here's what I've learned and what you may benefit from:
Sometimes money is tight, sometimes time is short, sometimes you need to step out a minute and grab some time back from the world. You can do this at a moment’s notice, though it’s not as easy; it’s definitely still worth the effort. When Friday rolls around and you can’t think of anything to do, don’t be afraid to spontaneously pack and scramble out into the wilderness for a short camping trip. Just one day and night with friends, kids, and family can mend a heart that’s been beaten down by the work week.
Water is an element that is marveled at and for good reason, even beyond it's tie to the necessity of life people are still drawn to it. That's exactly why any hike goes from good to great when you get to cross streams or view a landscape carved by water. Abrams Falls trail is a trailhead opening up from Cade's Cove, you pull in on the right hand side once on the big scenic loop.
The best way to make a video stand out is by creating a unique experience for the viewer. The video needs to feel new and adventurous and even tell a story. The action in the video is very important but if presented in an "un-appatizing" way it becomes somewhat hard to watch. Like most I have only one GoPro and a cheap digital camera, I have to use my GoPro to make something somewhat ordinary look really cool or at least different. In order to do this I like to incorporate various perspectives and angles and try to time it out just right so one clip doesn't drag on and start to feel boring. I mean out of our whole recent U.P. fishing trip I pulled like 1:30 of video from hours of recording...