Sharing Outdoor Adventures With Tykes

Do you share your outdoor adventures with your tykes?  Do you share some outdoors experiences with your children, but would like to do more?  Today’s Trailblazer will inspire you.  Being a mom hasn’t slowed down this outdoors woman, it has just enabled her to pass her passion down to another generation.

Today’s Trailblazer is Melissa Edge from

Melissa Edge resides in Moab, Utah where she enjoys exploring the beautiful red rock landscape with her husband and son.  She is the founder of Adventure Tykes and loves inspiring and motivating parents to get outside with their kids.  Melissa is an avid runner, hiker, wine lover and amateur chef.

It’s great to have you here today, Melissa.  So tell us, what is your favorite type of camping?  We camp a lot and we use all 3 of our camping options depending on where we are going and for how long.  We have a tent, RV and a roof top tent.

What other outdoor activities do you enjoy?  I have so many.  I love hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, climbing and canyoneering.

How long have you been camping/hiking/fishing?  Since I was a very young tyke.

How did you get interested in camping?  When I was little my family would go camping and fishing multiple times a summer.  I have always been active in the outdoors making it a point every weekend to get outside.

With whom do you share your love for the outdoors? My husband and our adventure tyke, J-man.

Summit of Handies Peak, 14,000+ feet

Describe your most memorable camping trip.  One of the most memorable trips was a 2 week camping trip in Glacier National Park with J-man when he was 1.5 years old.  We hiked over 50 miles, backpacked to a chalet and saw a multitude of wildlife.  It was a great time!

It amazes me that you are able to participate in such wonderful outdoor activities with a young child in tow. So I must ask the obvious question, that we are all thinking.  How do you do it?  And, even more so, how do we go about sharing these adventures with our young children? When hiking, camping or fishing with your tyke buy them gear of their own, such as a backpack, flashlight, water bottle, camera, fishing pole or fishing net.  This will get them excited and engaged in the activity.  Also, leave your expectations at home, bring along more patience and most importantly have FUN!  Outdoor activities with your tyke should be about getting out in nature, enjoying each other’s company and leaving stress and worry at home.

Great advice for any parent introducing their children to a new outdoor activity.  Melissa, it has been a pleasure having you here today.  Now before you head off on another adventure, I have 1 last question for you. 

Today’s Silly Question Sendoff is:  Name a fashion from the 80’s you may or may not have rocked out.  Leg warmers and I still rock them. ;)

Well, you heard it here first, folks.  Now if you enjoyed our chat with Melissa or if you would like more tips for taking your tyke on outdoor adventures, head on over to her website, and give her a virtual high five– in the form of a comment!  And while you’re there, check out her awesome pictures.

Before you go, it’s time for you, our readers, to answer the Silly Question Sendoff.  Name a fashion from the 80’s you may or may not have rocked out!

Thanks for joining us for this week’s edition of Trailblazer Tuesday. Where we chat it up with an outdoorsman or woman about their passion for the outdoors. 

I’ll see ya around the campfire.


If you are interested in being a featured Trailblazer, drop me a line through my contact page.  Tell me a little about yourself and your outdoor experiences.


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  1. Campy Mom says:

    I guess I was a friendly person in the 80’s. I rocked friendship beads on my keds and friendship bracelets on my arms. And of course, the Madonna inspired net ribbon in my hair :P

  2. Camper Jon says:

    I was part of the not so exclusive club that rocked the Members Only Jacket. Wore it with the sleeves pulled up, always. What was with the neck strap with the two snaps on it? And don’t get me started on parachute pants.

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of it. Wonderful idea!

    Oh, and I totally remember the friendship bracelets. Those were pretty awesome. :)
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