Our Best Mom Stories

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re taking this week to celebrate stories of the all the mothers, grandmas, aunts, mentors, mother-in-laws, matriarchs, and other mom-figures in our lives. These bonds are strong and the stories are sweet.

Some of our favorite “mom” stories from the archives:


On Being Where Your Feet Are by Gretchen Powers

If there’s one thing Gretchen Powers has learned from her mother’s tenacity, it’s that taking a chance on the outdoors even on the worst days is always worth it.

READ THE STORY HERE


Grandma’s Ride — She Explores Episode 79

Taryn Eyton interviews her grandma Carol about her bike tour around Vancouver Island in 1944 with her girlfriend Billie. It’s a sweet story of an “ordinary adventure” during World War II—and a reminder to ask our grandmothers questions, because we never know what their stories might hold.

LISTEN TO THE STORY HERE


Mothers & Daughters Road Trip by Erin Rodman and Lucero Silva

Single mothers and self-proclaimed “adventure moms,” Erin Rodman and Lucero Silva, take their daughters on a two-week-long toad trip in the Southwestern US. They show us again that motherhood and outdoor adventures are not mutually exclusive.

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She Came Before Me: Joni and Alexandra

Joni Dykstra is a cancer survivor and a lifelong athlete. For daughter Alexandra Lev, it took growing up and moving away from home to see her mom as a mentor and a friend.

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Driving Miss Norma — Women on the Road Podcast Episode 14

Ramie Liddle has lived on the road on and off since her mid-twenties, but never did she have an adventure like her 14-month journey with Miss Norma, her 90-year-old mother-in-law.

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Adventuring with Kids by Roxanna Froese

What’s adventuring with kids like? Roxanna Froese shows us in this beautiful photo essay. British Columbia based, Roxanna has four children and a profound love of the outdoors which is illustrated through each shutter release.

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She Came Before Me: We Hike California

Kendall Tripathi-Clark and Kiley Clark are co-creators of the Instagram account @WeHikeCalifornia. They share stories of their outdoor mentors—Kendall’s grandmother Delora and Kiley’s mother Beverly—who inspire them on and off the trail.

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Postpartum — She Explores Podcast Episode 91

Becoming a new mom has changed the way Kristina Frost experiences the outdoors. And she’s realizing, it’s not better or worse – it’s just different. We talk to Kristina before and after she takes her two-month-old daughter Emma camping for the very first time.

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She Came Before Me: Geralda and Maiza

Maiza Lima is a rock climber and her mother, Geralda, is her biggest champion. From helping her immigrate to Washington from rural Brazil, to covering shifts so she could get outside, Geralda helped Maiza completely change her life. Now Maiza is taking her mom out there with her.

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Adventuring with Kids Part 1  — She Explores Podcast Episode 10

What moms don’t talk about enough: adventuring while pregnant, postpartum, and beyond. For the first part of a two part “Adventuring with Kids” series, we talk with moms about pregnancy and getting outside with (and without) young kids.

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Adventuring with Kids Part 2  — She Explores Podcast Episode 11

We interview the founders of Hike It Baby & Born Wild Project to learn about the benefits (and potential barriers) to getting outside with your kids.

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WanderSchool by Julie Tower-Pierce

Julie Tower-Pierce is on a 50 state tour of the United States with her four children. Leaving the husband at home, she home schools the kids and stays very busy.

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Success, My Son, and Escaping the Boxed Life — Women on the Road Podcast Episode 13

Bionca Smith “Off the Grid with a Kid” travels with her son in a vintage Ford concession van. It’s motherhood and self-employment on the road, after she shrugged off the constraints of a more traditional lifestyle. In her zeal for a more spontaneous, connected life with her son, Bionca let go of many things—but what she gained in return is her own definition of success.

LISTEN TO THE STORY HERE