I am a mom and wife and I love all things outdoors and all things travel. But my wonderful husband does not. What to do? When my son was six, we went hiking in a national forest. I discovered that he loved it and is relatively immune to the fatigue, discomfort and cold that sometimes comes with outdoor living. And so it began. We went backpacking the next year, just a mom and a 7 year old. We have been backpacking more than a dozen times since, and my youngest daughter occasionally joins us. I also love to travel, with 37 states and 21 countries under my belt. Most of those I have been able to share with my kids…and there is nothing like experiencing the world with them.