Mères nature Portrait – Pascale

Mères nature, presented by The North Face is a web series created with our friends at Beauvoir and is available right here.

News from Pascale, our head chèvre, who has just welcomed her baby chèvre, Alexi and above all, her story with Jules, whom you met in the episode of Mères nature.

Q: How’s it going Pasc? 🙂

Things are going well! I knew it would be different from the first one, really different: there is less unknown for taking care of a little baby, but a newborn, so it’s different.

Q: How many kids do you have and what are their age(s)?

A: I have 2 kids, Jules 3.5 years old (almost!) & a little newborn Alexi, 2 and a half weeks

Q: Most memorable family vacation/adventure (good or bad) & why?

A: We had just Jules with us for this family adventure, but what comes to mind is a one-night gravel bike trip from last summer in the bas-du-fleuve. The route we had planned to take was not very “bike-friendly” and it ended up that it was full of sand so we were forced to push the bikes. There was one point to cross the river which was SUPER sketchy – and finally, we ended up just laughing a lot. | There is also the first time we tried to bring our little one with us in the chariot to go touring, we thought to ourselves, “eh yes! this is perfect, we can adapt our activities to having a child and it doesn’t change too much. But no, the chariot didn’t pass too well because it was too unstable. After trying to traverse a ditch for 20 minutes covering only 100m (which took 2 hours), we turned back. At this moment we realized that in the end, our adventure would be something else with a third partner to join us. Being able to let go of expectations is a good start because it allows you to understand that it’s going to be different for real and you can’t do EVERYTHING with a child. You have to learn to adapt and to keep the good times rolling, you must not force things to happen.

Q: Most proud-mom moment?

A: To have chosen the right dad and to have a great team to raise a family with. My greatest pride is to have a team with Sam who encourages us to go farther and to try new things. In the end, no matter how proud I am of my children, we accomplish this together.

Q: Greatest challenge you have accomplished as a mom?

A: I would say the loss of spontaneity – I’m really a spur-of-the-moment person who adapts on the spot. With a child, if I want to feel good and safe trying new outdoor activities with him, there are far more “calculations” in the schedule and that requires more organization in advance. I knew that I had to accept that that’s the way it is now.

Q: Dream family vacation?

A: Go on a bike-camping adventure!!! Truly something I crave. I’m somewhere else too: before I was in a hurry to do MY activities and bring my child and now I want to do an activity with them (so that it can be adapted and that they can also be a part of it).

Q: Your greatest mom superpower?

A: I am ready to try anything with Jules, even if I’m alone with him. I would say that I’m a good plan-maker and day filler – designing our days around micro-adventures. Jules is always excited to spend a day with me because he knows he’s going to do a lot of things. Sometimes I THINK BIG, a little too big until I realize, oops, no…  but that’s why I have tried many things with Jules and continue to do so.

Q: Your go-to adventure snacks for you & the kid(s)?

A: Dried mangoes are a safe bet. Next, we cannot ignore fig bars and lifesavers. And the small peanut butter wraps, ham, eggs, and cheese: all snacks that can be eaten with a mitten and on a bike in the chariot.

Q: Your ideal day in nature/outdoor adventure?

A: It would be a day where the preparations are part of the adventure and it’s as enjoyable as the activity itself. Not too hot or too cold: no stressing over the weather. An adventure where we have time to exert ourselves in a certain way and my child can also move, but we have an option so that he can rest when he’s tired (in the chariot). In short, a successful day is often a well-planned day, a snack at the right time and a day that my child has all the time to have fun: not just a day for us. Spring skiing, anything at the water’s edge… playing at the beach is hard to beat!

Q: Your top 3 MOM-MUST-HAVES for every outdoor outing?

A: Spare hat/clothes (winter and summer), sunscreen (classic), backpack to carry around (whenever it’s still possible) and SNACKS!

Q: Best advice for inspired outdoor mommas?

A: Go gradually: start small, step by step and gain confidence for bigger adventures eventually (only if you want to). Don’t think that you are going to pick up right where you left off. To accept that to get back there, you must get to know your new adventure partner who is accompanying you now.