Every month, my 9-year-old daughter, Shelby (trail name: Pyro) will be writing something for Backcountry Mentor. This allows her to describe and share about her views on hiking, camping, and backpacking. I don’t assist her in writing in any way, other than publishing the posts themselves. I won’t edit the posts, no punctuation checking, no grammar changes, no content editing. This allows her the freedom to use her own opinions without fear of it feeling like homework I am simply allowing her to come up with the ideas on her own, and write about whatever she wants to in relation to her own love of nature. What follows is her first installment.