10 Life Lessons I Want My Kids to Learn from Hiking

Photo by: John Cave Osborne
You won't always know where the trail is taking you
It can be hard to leave our families, but leave we must if we are to complete this ambitious goal of ours. Because the trail awaits. And while it's sometimes hard to tell exactly where the trail is taking us, we have faith that it's somewhere worthwhile. But no matter where it leads, it's important to enjoy the unique beauty it affords. Which is sorta like life when you think about it.
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A buddy and I hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail each year. One day we hope to complete the entire 2,200 miles. Here's the catch though: both of us are family men and don't like to be away from our brood for too long. So we take two short trips a year and knock out as many miles as possible - generally about 50-ish per trip, two short trips per year. Even at that pace, this thing will still take us over two decades to complete. Obviously quite a commitment, but commitments are good. The discipline it takes to honor them makes you a better person. And that's part of the reason why I'm doing this. The other part is all the lessons I learn each time I go. Here are 10 life lessons I want my kids to learn from hiking. - By John Cave Osborne

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