Father’s Day | Outdoor Stories from M2S Dad’s

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HAPPY FATHERS DAY!

This week we are celebrating father figures by sharing stories of families who make time to create memories in nature with their children. Read about two Mountain to Sound Outfitter staff members experiences as parents below and look for fun posts on our Facebook and Instagram pages all week.

As a local, family owned business, the founders and staff at Mountain to Sound Outfitters take pride in helping all families obtain access to gear needed to safely and efficiently explore outdoor spaces, especially adventures on the water!

Lil’ Gill and Family Paddle the PNW

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Hey there! My name is Gill and I’m part of the crew here at M2S. I’m the proud papa of my little mini me (also named Gill, aka Lil’ Gill!) He is just about to turn 4 and loves being out on the water with his family. We consider adventure a family value around our house and make a point to get out of town at least twice a month, load up the SUP & kayak and off we go!!

Q: Where is your favorite outdoor space to explore with your children and why?

Gill: Most of our adventures are right here in our beautiful backyard of the PNW. One of our favorite places to explore is the Olympic Peninsula. Access to Puget Sound, more lakes than I can count and the scenery simply can’t be beat.

Q: Do you have a memory with your kids in nature that will stick with you forever? Tell us the story!

Gill: On one of our latest adventures we loaded up the SUP & Kayak and headed to our favorite little cove. We spent the day paddling on Hood Canal, hauled out on the beach & had fresh oysters for lunch… It literally doesn’t get any better than that!

Q: Any special ‘firsts’ that are memorable or fun to witness as a parent?

Gill: Watching him learn to swim/balance/paddle/fish is just the coolest thing in the world. There’s nothing better than sharing something you love with someone you love.

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Q: What are some tips you might give other father figures who are exploring nature with their children?

Gill: I would say… Be prepared for anything and always always always safety first. Even on the calmest day I make sure to have on my PFD (lead by example) and SUP leash or paddle leash. Things happen fast on the water. Always do a safety check and proper gear inspection before heading out on your next adventure! Happy Paddling!!!

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Growing Up Comfortable in Nature

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Hey I’m Greg, owner of Mountain to Sound Outfitters and Alki Kayak Tours. I have two boys 10 and 8, they are really getting addicted to screens during this stay home teaching period. To combat that, Keller and Elwood (the boys) and I are focusing on Puget Sound explorations at least once a week for the rest of the warm weather season.

Q: Where is your favorite outdoor space to explore with your children and why?

Greg: Being in West Seattle, any shoreline around the peninsula is our go to when we have free time. If we get a couple days, we’ll head to the coast with them or to an Eastern Washington lake. In the winter we ski Alpental, and camp in Lot 3, off grid with a crew of helmet heads [kids] that are faster on snow than 90% of adult skiers.

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Q: Do you have a memory with your kids in nature that will stick with you forever? Tell us the story!

Greg: Lots of memories paddling the triple kayak with the boys and watching Elwood, our youngest crashing out in the middle seat. While paddling through three foot breaking waves off Duwamish Head, Elwood didn’t even wake up. Meanwhile, Keller, our oldest is paddling for his life in the front seat.

Q: Any special ‘firsts’ that are memorable, fun to witness as a parent?

Greg: For both kids it was the first chairlift rides and skiing on their own. We are a big snow family so it’s been cool watching them both grow up completely comfortable in a mountain setting.

Q: What are some tips you might give other father figures who are exploring nature with their children?

Greg: Take the kids and follow their lead. Some of the best times are exploring under rocks on a low tide and seeing the creatures. Kids are our future; so make sure they are in touch with the planet. The skills you give them now are engrained for life.

We hope your weekend with family is amazing and that you consider spending time outdoors to create long lasting memories and experiences with those you care about.

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Father’s Day | Outdoor Stories from M2S Dad’s

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