There is nothing that The Boy loves more than clambering up a tree. It provides a real sense of achievement and connecting with the natural world in that manner really grounds the soul, uplifting and revitalising the body.
Last weekend we travelled down to the New Forest for my mother-in-law's 70th birthday celebrations. This involved the extended family spending three hours up a tree, clambering over cargo nets and sliding down zipwires.
I knew as soon as The Boy clapped eyes on the Go Ape trail that he'd want to take part, unfortunately participants have to be over 140cm and over 10 years old. Luckily though, the site that we were visiting also had a junior trail which he was able to try out and did so with relish!
After settling the grown-ups onto their trail, we got him kitted out in a very secure safety harness and a pair of gloves before embarking on the safety briefing.
It's quite an extraordinary thing watching your child develop their independence; as heartwarming as it is to see them grow and develop, it's also a little bittersweet when you realise their reliance upon you is decreasing.
But look at him go!
I can't even begin to explain how much I also wanted to pretend to be Superman on the zipwire, as he did!