Everybody told me I would die out there.
A horrible, painful, melting death.
We here in North Idaho are not accustomed to day after day of 100+ degree temperatures, especially in June, when a freak snow flurry wouldn’t surprise most people.
There was no denying that it was unusually, blisteringly hot. But my family didn’t let the fear of spontaneous combustion stop us from going outside, because we had a promise to keep.
And miles to go to keep that promise.
We had agreed to walk, bike, run, or hike as many miles as we possibly could over a two-week period. For each mile that my family traveled together, KIND Healthy Snacks would donate one box of their delicious snack bars to our favorite charity, the Community Action Food Bank of Kootenai County.
KIND has always encouraged families to get moving and spend quality time together, whether it’s a long hike through the woods, splashing in the lake, or a short bike ride around the neighborhood. I’ve been a fan of their products for a long time, and this challenge was one my family was really excited about.
And then the record-breaking heat wave hit.
But we didn’t care, as we set out on our first neighborhood walk of 5 miles. The next day, another 4 miles. Followed on the third day with a bike ride of 6 miles.
Spending quality time on the go with your family is not about getting from Point A to Point B. Rather, it’s a journey that you must savor all along the way. Walking, hiking, and biking are great times to connect with your spouse or busy teenagers. We made our time a chance to talk and joke and share in the moments.
We always took a supply of KIND bars to fuel us on our trips. Made from wholesome and nutritious ingredients, KIND bars are the perfect snack to keep you going mile after mile. Everyone in my family has their favorites. I love the STRONG & KIND Thai Sweet Chili, while my son enjoys the Healthy Grains Peanut Butter Berry bar. We eat KIND bars for two reasons: They’re the tastiest snack bar I’ve ever had, and the company has a stated mission to spread and celebrate kindness in any form.
For two weeks, we braved the heat to build up those miles. You might ask, “Why didn’t you walk or bike in the morning when it was cooler?” Ah, good question. My son was spreading kindness of his own as a volunteer at our local hospital. His shift was from 8am to noon each day. Since I’ve always struggled with mornings, the only time we could even think about our KIND mission was after my son was finished at the hospital.
So, we walked on pavement when it was 100 degrees.
We rode our bikes around the park when it was 99 degrees.
And, one memorable weekend, we hiked 9 miles along a lakeside trail in temperatures that reached 104.
Mostly we just walked the numerous nature trails that criss-cross the prairie and forest near our house.
Day after day, the weather gurus warned us of record heat, that we should stay inside and limit our outdoor activities. And day after day, we filled our water bottles, stuffed KIND bars into our backpacks, stepped outside, and had awesome family time in the great Idaho outdoors.
We tracked all of our miles with the RunKeeper app on my smartphone. It was fun to watch the miles add up. It will be even more fun to deliver 45 boxes of KIND Healthy Snack Bars to the food bank. That’s how many miles we totaled over those two weeks.
As part of this journey, KIND has partnered with Target, which has a unique program called Made To Matter that offers consumers better-for-you and better-for-the-world products from companies like Babyganics, Annie’s, and Seventh Generation. You can find a great selection of KIND’s six different snack lines at Target. I highly recommend their Healthy Grains line of crunchy and chewy granola bars.
I will also recommend that you take advantage of the rest of summer to spend some quality time with your family. Take an evening stroll around the neighborhood, plan a hike in the mountains, or visit your local disc golf course. Get outside, reconnect, snack smart, and feel good.
Oh, and be KIND to each other.