Episode 87: Down with Adventure

Interview with Melody Forsyth

Join us in our She Explores Podcast Facebook Group->

Pregnant with her daughter Ruby, Melody Forsyth thought hiking would be her “last hurrah” when she found out Ruby has Down Syndrome (DS). Turns out, it was just the beginning. We talk about what having a child with special needs has added to Melody’s hiking and personal life, and how she uses social media to break stereotypes about her little girl and DS.

Find the episode below, on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, GooglePlay, or wherever you stream podcasts.

Featuring: Melody Forsyth

Hosted by Gale Straub 

Subscribe to She Explores podcast via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play.

Music is by Jason Shaw via freemusicarchive.org using a CC by A license

Music is also by Bouquet and Liam McNally

In this episode, you’ll hear:

– How Melody balances the roles of mother, nurse, hiker, and wife
– The ways in which a backpacking experience in her teens has carried with her into her 40’s
– Getting started hiking again a little later in life
– Why fear of not getting to explore after having a child with Down Syndrome got Melody’s family outside
– How seeing a kid with special needs at a National Park assuaged Melody’s fears
– How Ruby connects with the outdoors
– Melody’s family’s quest to visit all the National Parks in the US
– The ways Melody uses her Instagram [@downwithadventure][3] to correct misconceptions about Down Syndrome and hiking with a child with special needs
– What Ruby has taught Melody (and can teach us!)

Melody, Ruby, and her family

Ruby and Melody
Melody and her whole family
Photo by Arika Bauer
Ruby and Melody on the trail!

Links/Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Sponsor Websites & Codes

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *