Family of six hikes 93-mile Wonderland Trail #I've got a parenting question!#hiking#travel December 7 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatbride Offbeat Home & Life runs these advice questions as an opportunity for our readers to share personal experiences and anecdotes. Readers are responsible for doing their own research before following any advice given here... or anywhere else on the web, for that matter. This summer, Ben and Kami Crawford decided to go for a little family hike … "little" meaning 93 miles around Mount Rainier's Wonderland Trail in Washington. They made the trek with their four kids — ages 2, 4, 6 and 8 — in a total of 12 days, going up and down 22,000 feet of elevation. I hear a lot of fear mongering about Once you have kids you'll never be able to travel — IF you leave the house at all, it's all Disneyland and road trips to visit grandparents from here on out, so I'm totally inspired by the Crawford family's hike! There's a full gallery of photos on Facebook, or you can watch the series of narrated slideshows that The Crawfords made on their blog. Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dances in Seattle, WA. PREVIOUS Awesome post on constructive communication with family NEXT Eating placenta rocked my post-partum world Show/Hide comments [ 9 ] This is awesome. My then-boyfriend (now-husband) did 4 days of the Wonderland Trail in 2006, survived without killing each other and decided to get married. 😀 Someday, we hope to return with our kidlets! Reply Awesome. When I was a kiddie my parents would take my brother and I hiking and camping all the time. I never understood the concept of "family vacations", since we spent all our breaks filtering water and endlessly packing and unpacking food from the bear box! Reply HA! That's me too: Reply i'm totally inspired!! i'm worried about trips to the grocery store right now with a 2yr old and an infant, let alone mile after mile hikes. but i'm inspired! Reply My parents either took me with them or left me with a relative or my at-home daycare so I know that travel after kids is entirely possible. It's still good to hear/see other examples though. Reply Love it LOVE it LOVE IT!!! … plus did anyone see their family portrait on their blog under the "About" Section? Very cool! Reply That's so cool! Very encouraging. 🙂 Reply This is amazing!! I had to laugh at the comments above because we had a "bear box" also. It was a big, steel, (HEAVY SO HEAVY) box we traipsed all over the Washington outback with. My parents idea of camping was: if there is infrastructure at all, we need to keep going. I treasured so much of that! Two summers ago, we took our kids (then 3 and 7) for a 10 day camp although it was car camping, and we also were in actual campgrounds (hangs head in shame). But, I'm hoping we will ramp it up and do some hiking this summer. Great story! Reply Very cool. I hope to take future kiddos out and about while teaching them to walk softly on the land. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.