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Get Out: The Definition of Adventure 

Published December 24, 2015 at 8:15 a.m.

click to enlarge Sarah and Elise hiking at Barr Hill Natural Area - TRISTAN VON DUNTZ
  • Tristan Von Duntz
  • Sarah and Elise hiking at Barr Hill Natural Area
To adventure is to engage in an exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory. That is, according to the dictionary. As a lifelong adventurer, excitement and uncertainty has drawn me to hiking, mountain biking and backcountry skiing. Adventure is something I have always reveled in, spending hundreds of days and nights exploring trails, campsites, and backcountry by foot, bike and ski. I have always loved heading into the unknown.  

Having a baby can put an abrupt stop to adventure and exploration — if you let it. Sure, parenting is an adventure in its own right: That little one is exciting and unknown territory. But my own motherhood experience has to involve adventuring into the outdoors with my child, too. Doing this successfully requires planning, and so that "unknown territory" part of the adventure experience can be hard to come by as a parent of a baby or toddler. It's still possible, though. A recent trek to the Northeast Kingdom provided just the right mix of unknown territory and family fun. 

My family hopped into the car on a warm and sunny Sunday and headed to Barr Hill Natural Area in Greensboro. It was a photo assignment for my partner Tristan (see his pictures along with an article in a recent issue of Seven DaysKids VT's sister publication), and we took the opportunity to explore a new place. A little bit of internet research gave us directions to the trailhead and told us that the views were amazing. We couldn't wait. 

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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