It’s obviously always a good idea to keep
your children very close at hand when you go hiking. There are countless cases of, not
just children, but even adults that get lost hiking up in the mountains. They’re with their
friends. They become separated. Somebody gets lost. And sometimes it ends okay. And sometimes
it just doesn’t end well. You want to be sure that you’re not one of those stories on the
news. You want to be sure that you are aware of the trail that you’re taking, that you
make a plan ahead of time. A lot of times, the trails are marked. You might be able to
get a pamphlet with a map on it. You can always check in with a park ranger, if there’s one
ahead of time, and see which is the easiest trail when you’re hiking with kids. Because
if your kids have to stop and try to find a bathroom at any point or somebody wants
to stop for a snack, you don’t want to do that in a place where you might become separated.
You never want your child to sit down and stay and have a rest and a snack, and you
go on. You want to be sure that you always know where you’re going and how to get back
to where you’re going. And you also want to be sure that you always stay with your child.
It’s not a good idea, as tempting as it may be, to have your child sit and take a little
rest while maybe you go on ahead with one of your other children and think that you’re
going to come back and pick your child up. It’s not a good idea for many obvious reasons.
There are stranger dangers, accidents. Anything can happen to your child. They can start wandering
off and get lost. They can encounter a wild animal or a poisonous snake. You just don’t
want to do that. You want to stay always next to your child. And if you’re hiking with more
than one child, if one has to go tho the bathroom or one has to have a snack, then you’re all
going together. And that’s obviously the best policy. With that said, be sure that you know
what trail you’re taking. Go ahead and mark it on the map. And if for whatever reason
you should become separated from your child, remember what kind of clothes they’re wearing
and really keep track of the time. If you start wandering around and time passes and
you don’t really know how much time has passed since you’ve seen your child. These are all
things that you’re going to want to know. All this information you’re going to want
to have if you have to, then, get help from a park ranger or any search and rescue people.
You’re going to want to know what to look for, what they’re looking for, where your
child was, what your child was wearing. And obviously the best policy is to make sure
that your kids always stay close together, that you all get there together and you all
leave together. And that will help avoid any accidental separations.