Beaches are not just for summer

img_5594I think some of the most satisfying hikes I go on are ones where we don’t go very far. I love an adult paced hike. They are wonderful and needed. But these hikes where we walk half a mile and then the kids play by the lakeshore and then we walk the half mile back to the car? These are magic.

A huge part of that has to do with my brain being able to unplug for the 20 minutes we spend at the beach. As long as they aren’t attempting to drown, I’m free to let my mind roam. Occasionally I can even meditate for a few minutes. The kids are so focused on

  • throwing rocks into the water
  • building sand castles
  • stomping in puddles
  • finding the perfect rock
  • making sand angels
  • digging a trench
  • crushing ice


It’s liberating for both parties involved. The climb back to the parking lot is satisfying and tough for their little legs. We sit in the nature center and drink cocoa and eat snacks. Everyone is happy.

Hike 42. Total Mileage 87.5

Raising Kids

A smattering

img_5500It’s been a bit of a soggy winter for us this year. It was often rainy instead of snowy, which ultimately was disappointing for us. We had a great time getting outdoors as much as possible, however, I really did miss the snow. It’s so much easier to tolerate cold when there are fun things to play in. Luckily there was an abundance of puddles. img_5528

The boys really got a lot of mileage out of their snow shovels, rain boots, and rain suits. We made it on several smaller toddler led hikes this past month. img_5842

While technically not hiking, we did have a lot of outdoor time in our front yard.


Nature says thou shalt keep the air, skate, swim, walk, ride, run



Oh! Sunshine! Where have you been? Taste it on my lips.img_5475 41 was glorious.

This amazing hike was once again at Havenwoods. Elliot joined us. Both boys went up and we walked 2.5 miles. It felt like the best thing.img_5477

The kids loved playing on the frozen pond. They made snow angels and practiced their skating. It was intriguing to watch them find their own confidence on the ice. img_5481

Total Mileage: 86.5

Nature says thou shalt keep the air, skate, swim, walk, ride, run. When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the sole leather has passed into the fibre of your body. I measure your health by the number of shoes and hats and clothes you have worn out. He is the richest man who pays the largest debt to his shoemaker. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1851


40 Down, 12 more to go


Hike 40! Ah ha! It felt so good to get back out for more than just a stroll around the block. Going to Havenwoods is always so wonderful for us. It’s just far enough away to feel special and close enough to be convenient. img_5380 img_5377

The boys loved checking out the map as always. We were turned around at one point, also as always. I never can seem to grasp where the actual turn around point is, no matter how many times I check the map. Eventually, I’d like a course in map reading or GPS locating. I think it would be really fascinating.img_5383

Warren is not my cold weather baby. Luckily Graham is, so I only had to carry one of them.

Total Mileage: 84

I still need to figure out how many weeks I have left, but I’m getting close! I might have to commit to doing more than one hike per week.


Half Dark

The holidays hit. I went cross country skiing. I ate too much and exercised too little. I didn’t laugh enough and I retreated into myself.  I wondered why I wasn’t feeling well. And then realized how little I’d been doing. My last hike was over a month ago. My last kid led hike was even longer ago. Our outside time dwindled to almost nothing, after a whole summer and fall of day long outside time.

I don’t tend to make or keep resolutions, but I’m hoping to set some intentions.

  1. Clean Efficiently- Do the chores quickly when they need to be done, so they don’t prevent me from doing the things I love
  2. Set up recipe organizer- This will allow Elliot to help out with cooking, will make shopping easier, quicker and more efficient. Hopefully, it will also reduce our grocery bills
  3. Organize Photos (this is a year long project)
  4. Exercise- I’m currently doing HASfit. It’s a 28-day program, but I plan to keep with it. Also hiking at least once a week. I’ve scheduled Hike it Baby Hikes with my friends and we are also planning some backpacking trips. I need to start scheduling camping trips for this year.
  5. Write more consistently- I have some deadlines to submit for. After that, I need a bit of direction in terms of what I’m working on and when.

3 organization tasks, that hopefully do not take the whole year, 1 personal goal, and 1 professional goal. I’m hopeful about this. More hiking tomorrow! I’m still at 39 hikes for the 52 hike challenge. I need to know how many weeks I have left.