Viral Photo Captures the Lengths a Dad Will Go To for His Son


James Geier is making sure his 20-year-old son, Jonah, isn’t missing out on anything.

Geier takes Jonah, who has cerebral palsy and is a quadriplegic, on hikes with him to experience some of the most beautiful views in the U.S. Recently, in honor of Father’s Day, the U.S. Department of Interior posted a picture of the father-son duo completing a 3-mile trek in Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. The photo has since earned more than 10,000 likes on Instagram.

“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.”

Geier’s daughter, Laura, originally submitted the photo (taken in 2012) to the annual “Share Your Experience” photo contest, prompting the U.S. Department of the Interior to share it on Instagram for Father’s Day.

“Retired Law Enforcement Officer James Geier hiked his 18-year-old son Jonah Geier three miles, and 480 feet over slickrock trails and up red rock steps to share with Jonah a worldwide symbol of strength and endurance,” the post read. “Neither Geier nor Arch is deterred by challenges.”

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