Agreed! When I was a kid "hiking" meant finding secret paths past neighborhood back yards.
Gerry's Sierra Club outings are like that all over again!
These days, the world is far safer for kids by every actual measure than it was when I was a kid in the 60s and 70s. But you would never know that from the paranoia among parents.
In the words of writer Lenore Skenazy we need more "Free Range Kids" again!