AdventurousParents.com explores lessons learned in parenting through adventures, travel and the great outdoors. While I am no longer actively updating the site, I am leaving it live as an archive for learning and growth for others.
What inspired this project?
Living in the Canadian Rockies, where outdoor enthusiasts abound, I often find myself at the centre of discussions about mountain culture, freedom-filled lifestyles, outdoor passions, and how having a family fits into the equation. Many outdoor enthusiasts struggle to brave the changes that would result from starting a family, fearing it would negatively affect the adventurous lifestyle. As my conversations have revealed, many don’t know where to turn in search of answers or perspectives.
I was one such person, and so was my husband, Paul. We are both very passionate about the outdoors and adventure travel. Together we have hiked hundreds of kilometres of backcountry trails, climbed throughout the Canadian Rockies, and ski toured in the Arctic. Our combined travels have taken us to numerous destinations, including Norway, Chile, Iceland, the Caribbean, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, New Zealand and Nepal. Outdoor adventure is not only integral to our lifestyle; it is essential to our careers. And as a mountain landscape and adventure photographer and an outdoor, travel and adventure writer, we had genuine fears over what would happen to our careers and passions if we introduced of a child to the mix. What would we have to give up? Would it be the end of adventure?
Roots and Wings
My exploration into this topic dates back to at least 2010, when I wrote an article for Highline Magazine titled The Land of Why? Quest for Adventure, Family – Style. This article featured filmmaker Leanne Allison; her husband, Karsten Heuer; and their adventure across Canada with their son, Zev (the basis for their film, Finding Farley, which won both Grand Prize and People’s Choice Awards at the 2009 Banff Mountain Film Festival). I was fascinated to discover what Leanne learned about adventuring with a two-year-old, and knew there was much more to explore on the topic.
A few years later, “the kid question” had surfaced enough times to convince me to do something about it. Thus, AdventurousParents.com was born in May 2012. By having a website, I could bring my research and memoirs to others, and together we could learn about the transition to parenthood as outdoor adventurers. Soon thereafter, my husband and I decided it was time to start a family (find out how we decided here). Our daughter, Mistaya Joy, was born on March 22, 2013, and a new life of adventure began. On this website, you’ll find articles about life leading up to her birth, the transition to parenthood, and how we have been able to pursue outdoor adventures and travels with a kids in tow.
We introduced baby #2, Lea Claire, to the family in May 2018.
To date, our travels with kids have taken us to New Zealand, Niue, French Polynesia, Hawai’i, Belize, Bermuda, Easter Island, Ireland and Malta.
If you’re wondering where to start your journey on this website, the Best Of may help to point you in the right direction. Otherwise this project has now taken the form of a travelogue/memoir, to be greatly expanded beyond the ideas in this website. It will be published by Rocky Mountain Books in Fall 2022.
With the support of…
I am incredibly appreciative of the companies and organizations that have reached out to help me with this project. These partners have provided me with outdoor gear (to test and review), access to their online communities, opportunities to guest post, and more. Thank you!