Taking Her Daughters to Remote Australia to Sleep on the Ground

Posted: January 23, 2013  |  By: Amanda Jones [L.A. Times]

NORTHERN TERRITORY, Australia — It was a terrible thing to admit to myself, but my teenage daughters are a bit spoiled. My own youth involved riding public transportation, taking bug-infested hikes, sailing competitively in thunderstorms and sleeping on the ground. My children, I realized, would be adrift if asked to do any of these things.

Summer was approaching, and I knew I had to do something.

"We are," I informed them, "going to remotest Australia, and there we shall sleep on the ground and in tents. This will be very good for you. And don't bother to bring your phones. They won't work."

Click here to read more, including four days paddling the Katherine River and sleeping on the banks.