Exploring at a child's pace
Tonight I dug out the maps and to my surprise my old route was marked on the map. Something I usually don't do. Memories of my last trip came up as I saw where I walked, the extra trips I took and the places I camped. They were all good memories of a great trip.
I hope that Daniel will have similar fond memories of this walk. Some who've been taken on such adventures young love it, while it can turn others off for life. I want to make sure he loves it and remembers the good times. I know it'll be tough for him. He'll miss his mum. He'll also struggle when being pushed. The first day will be the hardest at about 12 km including climbing Cradle Mountain. But I want him to enjoy it and have a positive experience.
In the end we're there for an adventure. To explore. So I'm planning on being relaxed. Long lunch breaks. Exploring lakes, mountains and waterfalls and taking it slowly. While I'd like to do it fast so I can see as much as possible, Daniel needs it to be fun and not too full on. So maybe we won't make as many side trips as I'd like. We'll aim for a few including Cradle Mountain, Barn Bluff (I loved my climb up there last time), Mt Ossa, some falls and Pine Valley, after all we do have nearly 2 weeks.