If you're like me, it's easy to think of all the reasons why you should stay home instead of taking the kids out. It's too hot, too cold, too wet, too tiring, too sweaty, too embarrassing, too laborious. What if one of the kids decides to poop in the middle of the woods? How do I change a diaper on the trail? What if there are bugs? What if someone trips and gets hurt? What if we come across a Yeti...
There are a thousand reasons every day you can think of to keep you and your kids at home. It's the same voice that can keep you from becoming the best you. It's the voice that says It's too hard, You can't do it, You don't fit in, Don't bother.
That's why it helps to have goals. You have something to aim for, a reason to get moving and get excited.
If you have a hard time finding the motivation to get outside with your family, consider something like the Sky's the Limit challenge, put on by Connecticut State Parks. They list several hikes in state parks for you and the family and if you complete 10 by December, you'll get a medal. If you complete 14, you're entered to win a hand-carved hiking staff! Pretty cool prizes. All the details are on the DEEP challenge page (don't forget your camera!).
So pull out your calendar, pick 10-14 days between now and December and plan the trips! I'm going to try and do 10 with my boys but they're pretty young still, so I've implemented my own award system: for every hike we complete, they get a medal (purchased from Amazon). Since the Sky's the Limit hikes are pretty far from NE CT, I'll be considering our own challenge to complete 10 hikes in our area. Of course, the award will still come in the mail...you know...so it seems legit. But for anyone else who wants to see our beautiful state and achieve something as a family, you should really check into the DEEP challenge.
Let us know if you plan to do it and how it goes! We'll be reviewing each hike we do so be sure to check back and stay up to date on our Facebook page.
By the way, their site lists all the hikes, but for your reference, here is the list:
Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, Park Ave., Groton
Photo Location: From the top of the monument
Elevation: 233 ft.
Map: None (seasonal)