HIKE IT BABY!!! When we started to think about having a baby we felt like we had to rush to squeeze in all of the hiking we could, because you can’t take a stroller up a mountain, right? So we did. We did lots of backpacking and long day hikes last year. However, it turns out we really didn’t need to feel like our hiking lives were over. If anything, a baby has opened up a whole new range of hikes that we never would have done without her.
We’ve decided to take a different approach to hiking now that we have little Mar. While we were in Yosemite recently, there were several short day hikes that were out and backs that would never have fit into a multi-day backpacking trip, so we just glazed over them. What we never realized before was that these hikes provide an awesome opportunity to sit and relax along the way because they are shorter. For example, when we went to Elizabeth Lake, it only took an hour to get up to the lake, so we had more time to enjoy ourselves in camp before hiking and plenty of time to have lunch, soak in the views, fly fish and cuddle with the babe before heading back to camp. What a luxury!! We really felt like we had an opportunity to relish where we were, but also still got a little heart pumping on the hike too! The best part of all is she’s helping us to branch out to see new areas of our favorite parks.
The one part we were right about when it came to hiking with a baby is that a stroller generally won’t cut it on unpaved trails. In order to get out hiking we’ve found that a baby carrier has been critical. The good news is there are so many cool carriers on the market. Our daughter seems to love hers and it keeps her safe, cozy, and happy as we go. Plus it’s great to have one for snuggling as you do your daily chores too!
We are looking forward to more family day hikes and the opportunity to show our little human how awesome Mother Nature is.