Monday, April 22, 2013
Weminuche Wilderness Hike & Overcoming Fears
After a morning of working in the yard, meeting another super nice neighbor and a bit of clean up, we headed out for the mountains.
The almost two hour drive to this spot was well worth it. It was beautiful and plans to camp here this summer are definitely in the works.
It was a great trail filled with lots of wonderful views and all kinds of neat rocks and plants to spot along the way.
The sign that directed hikers and horses onto different trails should have been a clue as to what lay ahead though.
We almost had to turn around when we emerged out of the forest to find a cliff side trail that had views that were a little too spectacular for our little gal with a bit of a fear of heights. I must admit that even I had a bit of vertigo faced with both an insane drop and huge looming cliffs across the
Knowing it was perfectly safe and having our trusty scout report back with the all clear, I bucked up my own courage to coach her along. It was a great experience for us both. She was so happy she forged ahead and on the return trip, while she initially wanted to take the horse trail, she did great, making her way without even holding my hand.
Yet another instance of knowing when to push a little to help work through fears and build up confidence. And overcoming my own reservations to be the needed cheerleader at that moment.
Have your kids had fears that they worked to overcome? Did they finally grow out of those fears? What helped?