Joe Payne, a friend I’ve got to know through work, mentioned to me this spring how he takes each of his kids on one-on-one trips when they are 8, 12, 16 and 20. He has 4 children and stressed that he’s found it to be a special tradition for building relationships with his kids, especially as they get older.
My kids are creeping up in age, so I decided to give it a try myself. Evie was up first, and this weekend we hiked up Mt. Audobon, a 13,200 ft. peak along the continental divide above Boulder.
Evie crushed it. I thought I’d have to push her up, but she led the way as we were on the summit by 10am (due to her mother’s lightning fears, we got a very early start). It was a beautiful day (shocker) and the view are crazy (see pics). We then cruised down and set up camp at Peaceful Valley.
I was a little tired and sore and sat down to read my book, assuming Evie would want to do the same. But she continued to bounce around and insisted we explore up the St. Vrain River next to our campsite. This is when it dawned on me that she’s nearing physical parity with me and I should prepared to get passed soon. I complied and we cut along the trees, bushes and grasses along the St. Vrain (river beds are the only such highly vegetated places in Colorado), as well as in the water itself.
Life gets hectic. In a family, we’re often doing stuff together, but rarely hang out individually (well, Kita and I still do from time to time). This 8-12-16-20 tradition is a great one. Thanks Joe. And thanks Evie - it is a great privilege to be your dad.
Lucy: you’re next.