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:
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.
One of the easiest ways to intake a high-protein delicious camping/hike friendly meals is to bag it up. I love the taste and the ease in preperation of the "bag omelette". I usually grab some zip-lock bags and pre-scramble everything to make less work at the campsite. Toss in whatever you like. You can make the quick morning meal before a day's events filling and nutritional while keeping prep work and clean-up down to a minimum.