A 60-year-old retired police officer from Logan, Utah, is determined to make sure his disabled 18-year-old son is able to see America’s natural beauty as often as he likes.
James Geier pulls his son Jonah, who has cerebral palsy and is a quadriplegic, through rugged and rough terrain so he can experience the best views in the most beautiful national parks.
Geier trekked three miles over a rock trail so Jonah could see the sites at Arches National Park.
A photo of the trip posted to Instragram by the U.S. Department of Interior has more than 10,000 likes.
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Geier says Jonah has always loved the great outdoors, and they have regularly visited Zion National Park and others since he was a child.
“We just have a special relationship with Jonah, my wife and I. He’s really kind of a best friend as well as our son. He’s probably the best company that you can have,” Geier told TODAY Parents. “He has a contagious smile and is himself an inspiration given all his challenges.”
He says he used to carry Jonah on hikes when he was little but had to look for alternative when he got to be more than 70 pounds. The special carrier they use, the Dixon Roller pack, is modeled after the Native American travois. It’s modified with a special webbed sling seat.
The family says they hike and camp eight to 10 times a year.
“He enjoys it completely. He’s always been a good hiker, a good traveler,” Geier said. "He’s a good kid."