Well, hey, you hit on a pretty cool topic--we call it "Kid Trails."
One of my pards and I were up on the Cathedral Rock Saddle the other day when two parents showed with a backpacked 3-year-old. The little tyke was clearly impressed. You could tell she was having "the time of her life," so far. My pard and I were dutifully impressed.
Meanwhile back down on the Oak Creek portion of this trail, there were two young twins, perhaps four, maybe five years of age. They had matching outfits and hats. They were so cute! Their parents were patiently leading them through some challenging portions of the trail. (It got altered during the December 29, 2004, flood of Oak Creek.)
The little girls with the matching outfits took it all "in stride," so to speak.
This winter, we've seen some pretty amazing "kid episodes" on the Sedona-area trails we regularly hike.
My favorite was 19FEB05 on the Bell Rock Pathway. It has been raining cats and dogs and politicians for hours--like all night long. Well, hey, that's music to my ears and feet.
I set out to go see Courthouse Falls, an ephemeral 500-foot waterfall of epic proportions. To see it is to stand in awe with tears in your eyes.
But, as soon as the rain stops, the "falls" dries up. Poof. Gone. Done.
So, I went out there and got my "falls fix" and was sloggin' back through the slop and mud that only Red Rock Country knows & can produce.
As I got to within roughly a half-mile of the trailhead, I saw a smiling black woman in Chicago City Clothes pushing a high dollar four-wheel-stroller through the daunting, relentless mud.
She and I were the only two people on any trail for miles around.
As I walked closer to her I wondered what I was going to say. Finally, I said, "Nice day for a hike."
And she said, "This is the best day of my life, so far."
And then she very casually pushed past me with the contented baby tucked tightly into that stroller.
Yeah, I got a real education on that interface. Big time.
It was one of the best days of my life, too. Courthouse Falls was epic!
But I digress.
Kids can do anything. They can weather anything. It all depends on their parents. People like you.
So, take some risks, put 'em out there--where they belong.
They can deal with it. And you can, too. Afterall, you're in charge!