I adore being outdoors in the midst of nature – breathing in the scent of pine trees and feeling dirt paths beneath my feet. I’ve longed to share that love with my children since long before Caleb was born. Unfortunately, Caleb was as anti outdoors as he could possibly be for the longest time. My heart was a little crushed but I bided my time. Josiah was born and still I waited until my body was healed and the Pacific Northwest rain was gone. Finally, on our getaway to Packwood, I got to experience hiking with kids. I got to experience hiking with MY kids.
You guys, it was just as wonderful as I imagined. Caleb ran ahead, checking out all that the trail had to offer – picking up sticks and rocks to carry along with him, jumping off logs, and asking all the questions. Josiah reached out from his carrier to touch trees, grab branches, and loved it all! (Once again, this kiddo is nothing like his older brother.) It was amazing to experience hiking in such a different way. Sure, we didn’t get very far and, by the end of it, I was piggybacking Caleb because “my wegs are too sweepy to walk.” But it was all my dreams come true.
We are planning on going on many more hikes this summer and in the years to come. This first hike at South Fork Clear Creek near the White Pass Ski Resort was the perfect first hike and ideal for hiking with kids. It has a very gradual uphill so Caleb didn’t struggle at all and it was super easy to have Josiah on Nate’s back. We’d highly recommend it if you’re in the area. In fact, let me know and we’ll come join you. 😉
How old were your kids when they finally enjoyed hiking?
Where is your favorite place to go hiking with kids?