We went to Academy and found some great hiking boots that all the kids loved! We are gearing up for our big hiking trip in Arkansas (cue banjo music) in September. We will be primitive camping and hiking all week. The kids all have backpacks and hydration packs, but this will be the first time they have really had to pack in a good amount of stuff on a hike. We are getting ready and trying to get the boots all broken in before the trip. We did two miles this morning and the dog had the hardest time of all. It seems she has become a lazy, house dog. We are going to have to work hard to get her into shape.