Melissa and Jackson Hiking in Glacier NP, Montana
Last Friday’s post was a bit heavy so I thought I’d lighten up today with a cute photo and it’s sweet backstory. Melissa and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary in Glacier National Park in July, 2010. We hiked to Virginia Falls with Jackson comfortably seated in a backpack carrier for most of the trail. Toward the end he began to fuss, which is usually our cue that he’s done hitching a ride and is ready to strike out on his own. We freed him from the pack and he immediately started running down the trail between the tall, vibrant green foliage. Melissa caught up and as she sidled up next to him, he reached up with his little hand and grabbed her hand.
I already had my camera out as I wanted to photograph Jackson exploring the trail on his own. This sweet moment lasted but a few seconds. Fortunately, I was able to fire off a few properly exposed frames before he let go and took off at top speed, excited to be experiencing the wilderness under his own power, not from the plush seat of his carrier. Melissa and I are both great lovers of wilderness and we’re hopeful that by taking Jackson out to the mountains and deserts early and often, he’ll share our passion for the outdoors. If the pure joy he exhibits now every time we go for a hike is any indication of what’s to come, I believe he’s well on his way to being a big-time nature lover.
I hope this photograph brings a smile to your face. It always does and always will for me.