Navigating the icy Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park is a challenge for even the most seasoned of hikers, but Marcy Stump, of Northumberland County, tackled the adventure as a way to encourage 13-year-old-son Noah with a concerted effort to spend more time outside as a family.
"Noah challenges me to do things I wouldn't choose to do on my own," she said after their trip Friday afternoon. "Thankfully, he is always there to offer assistance."
“We realize we feel better the more time we spend outside,” she said. “I know growing up some of my best memories were made outside, and the way things are changing in the world right now, kids need to be outside now more than ever. Plus, it just doesn’t feel good to be on devices for so many hours a day. I’m not saying that devices are bad, but it is best if there is some balance.”
For more information on the 1,000 Hours Outside program, including creative tracking forms and cool gear to help your family stay committed to the challenge, visit 1000HoursOutside.com
If you live in the Middle Susquehanna watershed and plan to take the 1,000 Hours Outside challenge with your family, keep the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper posted via email. We’d love to share your successes and tips with others.
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John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.