WildRoots | Est. 2014
Too many people are either afraid of getting married and/or starting a family because they’ll miss out on all the fun activities they’re used to doing. Too many people are intimidated by the idea of getting out and doing adventurous stuff with their kids. It’s not as hard as you think and it’s also more rewarding than you think. We’re just a regular family trying to make time to get out and see our (growing) little corner of the world, one week at a time.
We want to show you that you can do it. You should do it. We’ll share our adventures and what we learn along the way. With this wild brew of kids it won’t take long for you to believe that if we can do it then really anyone can. Thanks for stopping by and we hope you stick around for a bit! Scroll down to view our bio’s or get more of the full story in our first post HERE!
My name is Nathan Leavitt (@liaosongfang). Growing up in Utah, I fell in love with the outdoors at a young age with a particular affliction for skiing and fly fishing. My Dad took my brother and I fishing as a kid but when a friend was selling his Walmart-Special fly rod I decided to take it off his hands – even though I’d never seen anyone fly fish nor knew anyone who did. It was all over from there and I began avidly fly fishing and tying my own flies from the age of 12. I’m now a father of four rowdy boys. I’m a very passionate person and my time is mostly occupied by those things that I’m most passionate about: Family, Business, Fly Fishing, and Photography. These are all driven by my underlying obsession to create. I feel like I tend to view things from a little differently so it is fun to use that as a starting point for creation and to share what is most important to me with others. I work in building websites and online marketing for a living so a great deal of my time is spent in front of a computer. When I’m not staring at a monitor I try to spend as much time outside as possible. I actually started blogging back in mid-2008 when I started a fly fishing blog that is now known as OutsmartingFish.com. Although I never could have predicted I’d be a “blogger”, running OutsmartingFish and being actively involved in the fly fishing community has been a very fulfilling way for me to create and share with others. I’m insanely pumped to get WildRoots off the ground. We have some awesome plans and think we can really provide some helpful, enjoyable, and meaningful content to those that care to listen.
Hi, I am Candice Leavitt (@candyll82). I am a adventurous full-time mom of four boys. I grew up in Northern California and was introduced to the great outdoors by my dad at a young age. Having three brothers and no sisters, I learned quickly to keep up with the boys. Most of my childhood was spent skating half-pipes, camping, backpacking, snowboarding, and catching wild creatures… I was a complete “tomboy”. Much hasn’t changed with the tomboy mentality… I still love doing everything I did as a child, even catching creepy crawling creatures, but now I find more joy in it because I get to share it with my four favorite little people. I am a person that has a hard time just staying inside all day, so during the summer when the kids are out of school I try to find ways to enjoy spending time outdoors while Nate is at work. I get asked all the time by friends how I do it, so I’m excited to have a place to share what I’ve learned (and continue to learn) while trying to keep these yahoos entertained!
Zev just turned 7. He was essentially a honeymoon baby so with him came a lot of quick adjustments to our new lives. He’s a great big brother and sets the bar high for his siblings. He’s naturally quite shy, but when he’s in his element he’s anything but. He’s incredibly athletic and has always been fearless. This kid extremely curious and absolutely LOVES catching everything creepy and crawly. He’s helped his brothers find the joys in it too.
Kai is the goofball of the crew and has the smile to match his weirdo ways. He’s the one you’ll hear coming from a mile away…so basically he keeps us safe from any wild animals. While he’s probably the smiliest of the group, he’s also the freak out/whiney guy of the bunch and quite susceptible to his brothers’ teasings. He’s pretty much the same size as his older brother which has only improved their ability to enjoy the same activities together.
Liam is just a trooper. He does a pretty great job keeping up with his older brothers and sometimes mom and dad have to step in when he is too confident in his developing skills. Liam is definite proof of how resilient kids can be. Since graduating from the baby backpack, this kid hikes an average of 2-3 miles before he reaches “carry me” status. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that he’s only 2-years-old (now 3) cause we can go pretty much anywhere with this kid!
Shem is our little premie baby – quite literally the runt of the pack. Other than the typical challenges that come with the first few months of being a premie this young gun hasn’t missed a step. He made his first camping trip at 7 months and is getting the hang of it early. He’s just as happy as can be and will sit silently on long hikes as he surveys his surroundings. He’s already following in his brothers footsteps and is constantly on the go exploring and climbing into all the places he isn’t supposed to be. It will be interesting to see this one grow up!