Sometimes it’s wonderful to be out in nature with only your own family. Consider yourself extremely lucky if everyone in your family is motivated and inspired to put down their phones/tablets/remotes, go get fresh air, and walk a few miles on a regular basis, in all weather. Let’s face it: most of the time someone in your family is probably going to need some convincing to get going! So, the best way to motivate everyone is to find another family to go with you! In our case, our go-to hiking partners are the cousins we share this blog with and my best friend’s family. Usually, between these two families, we can find someone to accompany us on our walk. The kids are all *much* more motivated when they get to hang out with friends at the same time. And during COVID times, hiking is one of the only ways they get to see friends.

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