img_1835 img_1836 img_1839What mischief! Our hike 25 was a wet one. Glacier Hills County Park was really lovely. We did the 1.08 mile loop. Half the time was spent running through puddles and stomping. The other half we washed our hands in dirty water or dragged sticks around. We had so much fun.

Total Mileage: 48.5

With thick strokes of ink the sky fills with rain.
Pretending to run for cover but secretly praying for more rain. -Kazim Ali

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A Winding Sheet for Summer

A long hike. Ah! 10 miles today. 10 miles carrying only my own weight. 10 miles of friendship and womanhood and laughter and on and on. This is what it feels like to be weightless. Hike 24 was all for me. img_0431 img_0433 img_0434





There were mushrooms the size of my face. And two giant puffball mushrooms that were the size of my absent children. I’ve never seen mushrooms that large.

“The sun was a golden rag nailed to a ladder.
And here the marigolds grow down to the banks.
The mayflies drowse above water.
How then the dazzling surface and its dictions
     under piled clouds,
and clouds sitting there by place and sound.
One thing. This thing and sound glitters.
Indicative transitive particular battles the void.
All afternoon a green-gold silent light
     on the spotted grass, sprung.” -Peter Gizzi

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Rock Me, Mercy

We completed hike 23! Graham, Warren and I added 3.4 miles to our total mileage.


We walked with our friends, which really helped to keep Graham motivated. He walked almost the whole way. Of course, the one tandem carry session was going up the largest hill on the trail. But isn’t that the way of things?img_0421

Our friends introduced us to a love of mushrooms. We’ve been noticing them all over now.

img_0425Note to self: carry fewer things! Even with the ‘long’ hike, I didn’t use half of what I brought. I’m starting to just double up Warren’s diapers and not worry about changing them on the trail. Graham only ate one of the snack bags and we ate the rest for lunch once we were back to the car, so there was really no reason for me to carry them.

Total mileage: 47.5

“The river stones are listening
because we have something to say.
The trees lean closer today.
The singing in the electrical woods
has gone dumb. It looks like rain
because it is too warm to snow.
Guardian angels, wherever you’re hiding,
we know you can’t be everywhere at once.”  -Yusef Komunyakaa

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Nothing is Far

I’ve been driving past Bong Recreation Area for years. I’ve been missing a great gem. We had a fantastic time on hike 22.img_8952

Graham, Warren and I were joined by my mom and sisters: Aidan, Kate, and Dawn. We walked 1.7 miles. It was a bit misty and threatening to rain. Luckily, the rain held off and was refreshing instead of drenching. img_8953


Bong Recreation Area had some nice views of the prairie as well as a little lake. It looks like it would be a great winter trail as well. They had a set up for a sled run that looked wicked.img_8954

One of the best things about this hike was my new shoes! I ordered Salomon trail runners as my hiking shoe of choice (on sale!) They work perfectly.

Total Mileage: 44.1 miles

Nothing is far that once was near.
Nothing is hid that once was clear.
Nothing was God that is not here.

Here is the bird, the tree, the stone.
Here in the sun I sit alone
Between the known and the unknown. -Robert Francis

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Hike 21: SSDD

img_8939 img_8941 img_8942There isn’t a lot to say about this hike. It’s one of our favorite spots and we come here so much. I feel almost silly including it. But for this week it was our mile. It is special to see how diverse the wildlife is, and how much it changes from hike to hike.

Total Mileage: 42.4

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September 30 Hike it Baby Challenge

We’ve been participating in a Hike it Baby Challenge. The goal is to hike 30 miles in 30 days or spend 30 minutes outside for 3 days a week. We haven’t been hitting our mileage goals (not even close) but we have been getting so much outdoor time. I’ve been playing catch up for posting my hikes. img_0443

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There and Then

While not part of the 52 hike challenge (we only walked a half mile) we did have a great time kicking off the Hike30 Hike it Baby Challenge. We headed to Schlitz Audobon Nature Center. It was a gloriously, perfectly, marvelous day.

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“Friends in a field, their shadows running long into the untilled ground, and I’m busy trying to catch up, calling for them to hold on a moment” -Michael Brennan

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Nothing gold can stay

As part of the previously mentioned camping trip, I hiked the Skyline Loop at Peninsula State Park. After the previous week’s humidity is was wonderful to be in 70-degree temps with practically no humidity. IMG_8637

It was a great hike with my mom, sisters, and Warren. He slept through all but the last 20 minutes. IMG_8619

It was really the perfect day for a hike. Warm in the sun, cool in the shade, a hint of breeze, a beautiful lake overlook, and no bugs.IMG_8624

I needed that hike. It was a great time to just be a sister and a daughter. Even though I was also a mother- with a sleeping baby- I could just let that slide and let Warren sleep. It was really rejuvenating.IMG_8620

Becuase I can’t get enough of that light!

Total Mileage: 41.4

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
-Robert Frost

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It’s Hot!

What a day! Humidity is killer right now. Secretly, I think we are all waiting for fall and nicer weather. We walked at the Wehr Nature Center today. We were supposed to be doing the 2 mile loop.  1 mile humid and grossIMG_8609

We ended up at 1 mile humid and gross. The kids had a great time. They were walking slow enough that I almost didn’t get sweaty. HA! Yeah Right.IMG_8610

Even the lake was a bit gross today. We just weren’t really feeling the desire to move at any reasonable pace.IMG_8613


I swear you can see the humidity in this photo. Hike 19. Done.

Total Mileage: 38.4

It’s hot!
I can’t get cool.
I’ve drunk a quart of lemonade
I think I’ll take my shoes off
And sit around in the shade. -Shel Silverstein

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Camping Revisited

IMG_8557Ah! That cute little booty! We decided to continue cloth diapering on our camping trips. This is mainly because I’m lazy and couldn’t be bothered to purchase disposables. I figure the amount of washing ends up being the same either way. IMG_8556

Our second camping trip was much more successful than our first. It may have been that Dada was along. It may have been that they were just more used to camping. It may have been all those other kiddos to play with. It definitely helped that it rained. White noise for the win! We borrowed a tent, to see how large of a tent we’d need. 4 person tent was big enough, but the amount of ventilation on this particular tent was not good enough. IMG_8566

I’m glad that camping is something we are making happen for our family. I’d like to try backpacking with our family too. I’m not sure if that will happen this season, but it’s a nice goal to have.

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