Yes, the best story I've read in a while and you surely are building memories. Good for you, Dad! I have three daughters and have backpacked with them all. Now they are 25, 29, and 33 and still go occasionally.
Reminds me of a time a young girl (and her single homeless mom) lived with us for a school year. She was about my youngest daughter's age (12 or so, I think). It was going to be very cold one night (maybe 20 degrees here in Nashville) and I bet them each $5 they wouldn't sleep in the back yard tree house all night.
They jumped on that and hauled many blankets and quilts and pillows out to the tree house and did it! In fact, they were so warm, they said they had to take some blankets off.
This same daughter has done two TN section hikes of the AT with me and another with the whole family. Here's a photo of her at Kincora at the finish of our first AT section hike. After those hikes, another year she took my Hennessey and hiked alone the AT section of Georgia, from Amicalola to Neels Gap.
So, yes, you are making good memories neither you nor your child will forget. That's what Dad's do.
"You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims." --Harriet Woods
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