Why do you hike with Eli?
We hike with Eli because it allows him to be a child without the distractions of screens all while gaining knowledge, confidence, trust, and keeping him healthy.
On the trails his imagination comes to life and his own life becomes far more magical than any Disney movie as sticks turn into swords or he morphs into a dinosaur running through the woods or splashing at the bottom of a waterfall.
He gets to discover the simple pleasures of life like skipping a rock into a lake or jumping in a mud puddle, or the way it feels to have the warm sun kiss your cheek, to run barefoot through the grass, to witness the colors of a sunrise or sunset, to feel fresh mountain breeze blow through your hair, and to witness animals free in their natural habitats.
We hike with him because it teaches him teamwork, patience, and compassion. If you have ever hiked with Eli you know he will always be the first to help you when you fall or ask if you’re alright.
And with each trail he conquers or boulder he climbs we see his fear disappear and his confidence shine.
But most of all we hike with Eli because he loves it, he requests, it brings us closer as family as we discover new places together for the first time, and it always lets him know that when the world gets a little too crazy you can always escape to the beauty of mama nature and find safety from all the chaos.