If you’ve spent any time at all following my family, then you’ll know Huckleberry the Trail Kid! Well, he’s got a new little brother now and I’m so over calling him “Trail Baby 2” – so let’s come up with a trail name for this new little explorer!
Three years ago, when Huckleberry was a nameless Trail Baby, I wrote my 3rd ever blog post and asked all of you (or you know, the 3 family members, 2 friends, and 1 random stranger that were reading my blog at the time) to help me come up with a trail name for him.
There are plenty of blogger & social media parents, like myself, who choose not to use their children’s real names on the internet. Instead of coming up with just a plain old nickname, I thought it would be fun to tap into the hiking culture that I strive to be a part of, and use a trail name.
What is a trail name? Why, it’s exactly what it sounds like: a name you go by on the trail.
Trail names are most often used by those who are thru-hiking a long trail (think Pacific Crest Trail – you know, like how Cheryl Strayed was “Queen of the PCT”) but who says we day-hikers can’t have them too? Some people are given trail names by others and some choose them for themselves. But in just about every case, a trail name is based on who you are on the trail, a little nod to your personality, appearance, or experience on the trail.
Way back at the beginning of all of this, my husband and I had a few conversations about trail names and very quickly came up with one for each other
In every group of friends I’ve ever had I take on the mom role (you know, packing extra Band-Aids, making all the plans, being the mature one, ha ha), so it’s fitting that I would be “Maman” – and that’s part of where the name for this blog comes from.
As for the husband, he’s the one who’s always falling behind because he has to stop and read every. single. word. on. every. single. interpretive. sign. and so we decided “Bookworm” was a fitting trail name for him.
So, we’ve got Maman on the Trail, Bookworm the Trail Dad, (a crowd-sourced) Huckleberry the Trail Kid (né Trail Baby), and now…
________________ the Trail Baby! (Fill-in-the-blank style…and go!)
Here are a few facts and figures that may help you come up with a trail name for our new little boy:
- born on a Friday in October
- 2nd child, 2nd son
- top percentile for height, but weighs much less than his big bro did
- is so freakin’ happy all the time – like uncannily so!
- is much darker than Huckleberry (hair & eyes)
- wiggles NONSTOP
- and bonus: is being raised bilingual (French-English) so if the name is either bilingual or French, that’s even cooler!