For many years, my brother and I went on a spring backpacking trip in the North Cascades. It’s a beautiful landscape, with jagged peaks and rushing rivers. When my daughter was 17, we took her and her boyfriend on a four-day trip. My daughter and I slept in one tent and my brother and Gabe slept in the other one. It was a great trip. On the trail back, my brother, who had older kids, kidded me—“Don’t be surprised when Maya wants to go backpacking with her boyfriend next weekend”. I was shocked. The thought never occurred to me.
Like clockwork, a few days later, Maya asked me if she... Read More