Happy Friday, Campers! It’s time to kick off the weekend, the best way we know how! With introducing you to our next Weekend Warrior! Meet Candice, half of the fantastic duo at WildRoots. What I love the most about doing this weekly series is that we not only get to hear the story of why people began their adventuring lifestyle, which is almost ALWAYS different, but you also get to see how much we all have in common! I love Candice’s early upbringing story, but love even more how it’s translating into being an outdoorsy mom of boys. (Check out the amazing photography skills on their Insta: @wildrootsoutdoors.) So, without further ado, let’s get this thing started!
Weekend Warrior Series: Candice
1. Where did your love of the great outdoors come from, and what does it do for you?
My love for the great outdoors started as a young kid, my parents would take us camping throughout the summer and they eventually moved us out into the country. I remember spending most of my days catching snakes and lizards, riding motorcycles, exploring the trails surrounding our house, fishing, building tree forts, skateboarding and convincing my parents that swimming in the nearby lake was as good as taking a bath. My dad was always the one who liked to push us past our comfort zones, so at 6 years old he gave me my first backpack and took me backpacking with the boys (I have 3 brothers)… let’s just say it was hard, but I didn’t want to let my brothers know that… cause hey, I was as strong as they were, right ;). My dad was the one who introduced me to a lot of the things I still love today and now get to share with my 4 boys! Oh man… being outdoors as a mom is my life line!! I love being able to get away from the hustle and bustle of life… It’s the best feeling to step out of my car with no to do list, fresh air, eye candy views and solitude. But what makes that even better is being able to do that with my family!! To see my kids running around, laughing, exploring, finding new things, learning life lessons and seeing their confidence bursting makes my outdoor moments even richer!
2. What does weekend warrior mean to you?
Like everyone says and I couldn’t agree more… “you work hard to play harder”! After a long week of hustle we don’t take the weekend to relax physically, we push those weekend hours!!
3. Where is your next adventure?
I’m pretty pumped about his up coming year!!! We have a lot of adventures and trips planned, but the one I am really excited about is what I’m calling “My Childhood Memories Trip”! We’re taking our kids to some of my favorite places I explored as a kid and letting them create their own childhood memories!
I saved my favorite photo for last. We have this tradition with Emma, where she retires into the tent, and then she unzips the door about 160 million times because she needs to tell us something that usually starts with, “Just real quick. Remember when…” And then she reminds of something that happened earlier that day. Anything to not got to sleep. Also, this is her tradition- not something we signed up for. Haha!
Thank you so much, Candice, for sharing your story, and for sharing your amazing adventures with your beautiful family. Campers, be sure to head over to Insta to give her page a follow!
Happy Friday, and happy adventures!