On the Trail with Mom
Huckberry photographer and designer Bryson Malone recently went on a four-day backpacking trip with his mom. With Mother's Day coming up, we convinced him to write a letter to his mom and share some images from the trip. So get in touch with your feels and plan an adventure with your own mom. At least give her a call and remind her how much she means to you.
On our last night on the High Sierra Trail, you said, “I’m making dinner for you tonight.” I taught you how to use the backpacking stove only the night before, and you were already using the new skill in a completely selfless way. After 20-odd years of writing Mother’s Day cards, I still have not found the words to adequately convey my gratitude for who you are and how much you mean to me. You have relentlessly loved me throughout my life and encouraged me to become exactly who I want while shaping the values and work ethic that have formed me as a person.
After 20-odd years of writing Mother’s Day cards, I still have not found the words to adequately convey my gratitude.
It was so much fun taking you on your first backpacking trip in Sequoia. I’ve always seen the gentle and loving sides of you, but it was your badass side that came out this trip. “That was gnarly,” was the first thing you said after taking a hard fall on your tailbone. I knew you were strong and resilient — after all, you tolerated (though not without discipline) my pubescent mischief throughout four years of high school — but I had never seen you push through pain and discomfort like you did on this trip. Despite bruising your tailbone and carrying more weight than you should, I was impressed that your first words after we finished were, “When can we do this again?”
Your first words after we finished: “When can we do this again?”
I absolutely love how much our relationship has grown in the past few years. While you will always love me as your son, I am so happy that we have developed a great friendship as well. Knowing that I can go to you (and Dad) for advice, support, or just a good laugh means a lot to me.
Yes, next time we go backpacking, you can put tequila in your Camelbak.
Thank you for being who you are and for being so selfless and loving. We are all incredibly lucky to have you. And yes, next time we go backpacking, you can put tequila in your Camelbak.
I love you so much,