Hiking with Mom
By Sharon Jones, Girls Who Hike West Virginia Ambassador
I don’t remember exactly when I started hiking with my mom. It’s something we do frequently and it feels like something we’ve done together forever. We both enjoy being outdoors, getting exercise, exploring new areas, etc., but somewhere along the line hiking together became more than just that.
Hiking with my mom was part of a healing process for both of us after my sister unexpectedly passed away. It was also a respite for her when she was caring for my dad before he passed away from cancer. I would drive to her house on Fridays after work and spend the weekend. We always made sure to get in at least one hike on those weekends. It was our time where we could talk or simply enjoy each other’s company in silence.
Not only do I hike with my mom; I hike with my daughter as well.
I started taking her on hikes with me when she was about 6 years old. We hiked together up until last year when I moved out of state. She now goes hiking with her friends and sends me pictures of where she’s been.
I have always told my daughter she could talk to me about anything. She didn’t always take me up on that offer while at home, but when we were out on the trails she certainly did. We’ve had some very intimate conversations along with some very silly ones. She has these same conversations with my mother which I think is special since I do not have that type of relationship with my grandmother.
My daughter and my mother hike together too. I’m pretty sure this is a special time for them.
When I am lucky I get to hike with them. Last year the three of us celebrated my mom’s birthday by going for a hike together. We also got in some hiking when they visited me in December.
I was excited to have two mothers and their daughters join me on two of my official GWH meet ups. It reinforces my belief that bonding while hiking is a wonderful thing.