Was it really backpacking if it was only 2 km?

If you’ve been reading along with me, you already know that I’ve been obsessed with getting off the beaten path, out of the overcrowded campsites, and back into the serenity of the backcountry with my six-year old twins.  If you haven’t been following along, you can read about our inaugural backpacking trip here and how we prepared here.

But looking back on the adventures of the summer, it might possibly be time for a reality check. Click To Tweet

I’ve been really proud about finally getting my twins out on the trail with their backpacks on their backs and actually backpacking.

But let’s get real for a moment.  From the parking lot to the far end of Mystic Beach, where we pitched our tent, is a grand total of 2.3km (1.5 miles for those of you who don’t do metric).   Does that even count?  Or is that more like a gentle stroll around the block with the dog?

Did we actually accomplish anything noteworthy?

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ADVENTURE WANTED – Tropical heat a must

I was at a wedding recently.  The young couple had been together for 10 years, and their beautiful wedding day was a testament to their love.   I was so happy to have been invited to share in their day, BUT…

During the ceremony and the speeches there was this theme of ADVENTURE – people were talking about the adventures they’d already had and the adventures that they’d embark on together now that they were married.

It got me thinking.

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BACKPACKING – Choosing a pack for your twins (or any children really)

The decision has been made to go on a backpacking trip with your young twins (or any combination of young children.)

 The destination has been chosen – in our case Mystic Beach in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.

SO WHAT COMES NEXT?  CHOOSING A PACK!

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BACKPACKING WITH MY YOUNG TWINS – 12 lessons learned

At the heart of PROJECT BACKPACKING (Learn more about the birth of PROJECT BACKPACKING) was the question:

CAN I SUCCESSFULLY GO BACKPACKING WITH MY 6 YEAR-OLD TWINS?

The short answer is YES!  I just have to do things a little differently than when I go with my husband or friends.

The long answer would be the subject of another blog posting.  But read on for the lessons learned backpacking to Mystic Beach with my 6 year-old twins.

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