Suddenly I remember that Peanuts cartoon where Linus and Charlie Brown are looking at the clouds. Linus waxes poetic about seeing the Apostle Paul at the Temple of the Areopagite, etc. Charlie Brown says, "Well, I was going to say I saw a doggie and a horsie, but I think I'll just be quiet."
I'm terribly envious of all your great international and significant US hiking adventures!!
I'm a single mom with three kids ( 16, 13, & 8 ), and I'm just getting them into hiking. So far we've done only day treks, 3-10 miles in the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests near our home in Virginia. We're planning to hike in the White Mountains next month, and possibly do a 2-3 night backpacking excursion in the Alleghanies or Blue Ridge this summer. All the kids have their hiking shoes, sleeping bags, internal frame packs, and trekking poles - they're pretty psyched.
(We hiked 7.3 miles on Mothers' Day. DS8 got tired about 5 miles in and asked me to carry his pack. I would have refused, but decided that if I didn't take the pack for a few minutes then, I'd be carrying him AND the pack before we got back to our car. When I shouldered his pack, I realized it weighed 'way more than it should, so I asked him what was in it. Turns out he'd packed his sleeping bag and a $*%#load of toys. Just what we needed for a pleasant afternoon in the woods!)