We have just returned from a trip into the mountains in perfect weather with two dear friends. They were introducing their delightful 7 year old daughter to
multi-day tramping in the wilderness of the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
For Philippa and I it was a privilege to make this journey in the company of a family with whom we have shared so many adventures over the years.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for people to have meaningful contact with the natural world so it is immensely rewarding to witness one family purposefully introducing their daughter to the mountains. Carrying her own small pack and climbing happily up steep terrain for hours Sammy still had energy to run through the tussock and marvel at alpine flowers and the native kea, New Zealand’s mountain parrot. Gazing at the high peaks and glaciers, she absorbed it all as naturally as she does the digital world she lives in daily.
Thank you David, Jeong-hee and Sammy for sharing your sense of joy and wonder with us.