You know that feeling when you have been outside in the cold all day, and you come inside and struggle to keep your eyes open? That’s how I feel right now!
We were ‘hiking’ in the Altmühltal today. Well, we spent the first two hours covering one and a half kilometre, that is the time it takes Rafa to walk that distance. It includes all distractions. Each ‘stone’, ‘man’, ‘car’ – to name a few – that we encounter have to be named and stared at for some time. This is reality when you become a parent, no matter how outdoorsy you were before. We have tried backpacks and bring a stroller. Mostly nope! Rafa, too, is a hiker and wants to walk until he is too exhausted*. Then he gets tucked into the stroller sleeping bag and takes some shut-eye. That’s when mom and dad pick up speed and try their best to bag some kilometres in the next two hours. The 20 kilometre hikes are over.
It is something I had never considered before becoming a parent. You’re guiding a little human that also has preferences and opinions.
Our strolls are probably an insult to hiking**, but nevertheless very rewarding.
——————————————————————————————————————*Today he also didn’t mind being carried around like a bag of potatoes, which I probably did for a kilometre or two.
** Still, 12.000-ish steps. Almost a real hike. I call that a win!