For episode 25, I was joined again by my beautiful bride for a special recording to discuss a recent mission of ours to visit and hike 12 U.S. National Parks with our son, before his 1st birthday. A little backstory... As a man and new father, nothing is scarier than when your child is born not breathing, with a 1/10 Apgars score and you feel completely helpless in the hospital. I don’t think of the beginning much these days though, because my son has come so far since then. As a result of spending a week with him in the NICU, as he was hooked up to ventilators and cooled down for several days to prevent any brain damage, I think my wife and I both subconsciously set out to give our son one crazy, adventurous life.
Although it was a scary start, my son is one incredible dude and nothing has slowed him down since. What started off as some fun summer vacation destinations, turned into a full-on mission. In just one year, my son has been to alpine lakes at 10,000 ft, seen wolves in @yellowstonenps , walked through giant Sequoia groves in @sequoiakingsnps , been caught in a blizzard on @mountrainiernps , biked next to alligators in the @evergladesnps , been 2,000 ft below the North Rim of the @grandcanyonnps , snowshoed the Going-To-The-Sun Road in @glaciernps and experienced everything in-between. After taking him on at least two dozen plane rides and more hikes on my chest and back than I can count, it’s truly been an incredible journey for our young family!
Guess we'll have to visit these 12 National Parks all over again, when my son is old enough to remember 😉
And a HUGE thank you to @childrensnational for taking INCREDIBLE care of my baby boy those first few days...
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