What's the first backpacking trip you ever went on? As adventurous as we are, last week was the first time we've ever been backpacking. Crazy, right?! It was completely mind blowing and might be the best experience of our visit to New Zealand. The four of us who hiked it (Robyn and the three oldest kids) are going to be sharing our unique perspectives on our first experience backpacking this world famous through-hike.
Part 3/4, Daniel, age 18:
There were certainly many features, flora, fauna, and phenomenal geological formations to get excited about in our 24+ hours spent on the Routeburn track, but there was a period of time that I can easily single out as the most memorable moment for me. There was a point where we my began ascending an upper valley—sort of a second tier in the mountains that was dotted with black lagoons and partially obscured by fog. From this ghost-like vista, we emerged to suddenly find ourselves at a shelter, which identified our hike’s halfway point and highest point as well. After stopping to eat some excellent cookies and oranges, we began down the other side the mountain and were graced with an amazing view of a distant mountain range. My sister squealed in awe and while I didn’t make any loud shrieks of joy, I felt an incredible sense of peace as I listened to the breeze and saw this range, too gorgeous and detailed for a photo or piece of art to express. I think that years from now, this period of our hike will be what I remember most fondly from our entire New Zealand expedition. ~ @danny.robledo 📷photo by @gabirobledo_
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What was the first backpacking trip you ever went on? As adventurous as we are, last week was the first time we've ever been backpacking. Crazy, right?! It was completely mind blowing and might be the best experience of our visit to New Zealand. The four of us who hiked it (Robyn and the three oldest kids) are going to be sharing our unique perspectives on our first experience backpacking this world famous through-hike.
Part 2/4, Robyn, Nomad Mama:
I’d love to tell you that the best part of backpacking was the views. I mean it’s not every day that you hike through forest, meadows, and bogs, past rumbling waterfalls, above alpine lakes, beneath shimmering glaciers, through heavy fog, resting weary legs at DOC huts while making strong organic coffee to stay warm. But for me, it was the company. My three best friends. The people I try to spend as much time with as possible. The ones who laugh at my craziness, embrace my weirdness, and accept my failures, always ready to walk an extra mile with me, go without water or as little food as possible if needed, and work together to set up camp and prepare delicious meals with one tiny butane burner. They're happy to ramble on about random thoughts and dreams, but just as happy to walk side by side lost in our own heads with only the sounds of our footsteps and birds. As a mom, you know time is fleeting, yet for these twenty eight hours, it felt like the connection we shared would last forever.
I remember the first time we went camping (did you know we weren’t always this adventurous? In fact, we didn’t even camp before our 4th was born!). How exciting the newness of it all felt. That’s exactly what this felt like. Our first backpacking trip of many to come. We crossed a new bridge in our search for adventure and I feel grateful to have these beautiful souls as my compass on the journey. ~ @playfulhealthymama 📷Photos by @gabirobledo_
Be sure to check out part 1/4 of this series on our profile and check back later to see parts 3 and 4! Go watch our Highlights to see more of our experience backpacking the Routeburn Track