Showing posts with label hiking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hiking. Show all posts

the last hike of the summer

Before I moved to Colorado, I didn't know that it was sometimes customary to take a shuttle bus to a trail head. It seems counter intuitive, right? Almost like, hiking with a train of people might not even be worth it. Well, we ended up going on a hike just like that outside of Nederland, CO a few weekends ago. I had heard rumors before that this trail head was so full you sometimes had to park in town and get a shuttle in. And as you might have guessed, those rumors were true.

My good friend, Sarah, met us there and we all went on a nice afternoon hike together. She had just gotten back from hiking the John Muir Trail in California with her father for a couple weeks. So our little hike with two small girls was a breeze for her, AND she volunteered to carry Elinor. She's the best.

Kris Kross will make you jump jump

In preparation for our trip to Europe in a month, we've been trying to get some gear to help us travel with minimal effort. We haven't traveled overseas with kids before, so we're trying to anticipate every sticky situation and be prepped for it. One example is we anticipate we'll be walking alot, because that's what you do on vacation, especially if you don't have a car and you want to explore a new city. We also will be walking extensively on cobblestone and brick streets so bringing a stroller might not be a great idea. Our thought was to bring a hiking backpack and bring Elinor along with us on our back. So Chris bought the Osprey POCO Ag Plus for our trip.

So what does that all have to do with me jumping in front of a lake? Well, that was my excitement at getting to test out our new baby/toddler hiking backpack on a hike. We traveled up to the Brainard Lake area and hiked up to Left-hand Reservoir. It was a huge success (other than Chris got a terrible sunburn and Elinor like the pack so much, she didn't want to walk).

And then we got to jumping...

That beach was thoroughly photographed.  :)

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

panorama point trail

Well, I hope you all having been having a wonderful week! It's been a while since I've popped in and shared some pictures. The weeks are flying by fast lately! 

These pictures are from a little hike we took last weekend up in the mountains. I will say that hiking with a 4 and 2 year-old is not exactly what I would imagine hiking with an 10 and 8 year-old will be. I have these dreams about everyone excitedly taking off up the mountain, exchanging stories along the way, and stopping to to thank their mom for getting them out and about on regular intervals. Instead I have to make sure we have plenty of snacks to delay or stall a potential meltdown along the trail. Worry about whether the oldest will figure out how to pee in the woods this time. Try and make sure my husband's back isn't killing him carrying 35lbs on his back in a backpack that wasn't exactly meant for such a heavy payload. 

Don't get me wrong, hiking is still enjoyable, but it's not without it's stressors.

I am very thankful though that we were able to drive a little bit and get some fresh air AND that we made it to the top!

I hope you all are having a good week. We're on the downhill slide!

roxborough state park

Well guys, we made it to the end of the week! It's nothing but sleeping in and relaxing for the next couple days (well, if you're lucky). We will be trying to do both and probably won't really do either.

Today I wanted to share a few photos from our hike last weekend with my sister and her family. We were trying to figure out what to do together last Saturday and since my sister and I went on many a hike as small children, it's usually a go-to for a us. The kids and husbands are usually amenable and there is also usually some sort of ice cream treat at the end to keep everyone motivated.

Last weekend was no exception. After a small hike (mostly fresh air since my kids are not in the habit yet and are really pretty young), we drove over to Sonic and had some burgers and shakes. The scenery was pretty stunning, so I had to take a few photos.

cheetos and fresh air solve everything

Hello! How was your weekend?

Yesterday, after waking up from a really terrible night of sleep, I felt a real need to get out of town and into the mountains for a while. I had a rather restless night dreaming about real estate and worrying about where we were going to live in Denver, so thankfully, everyone else agreed to an adventure.

It turned into a really great day. The crisp fall air wasn't too cold and though it was cloudy most of the time, we didn't get rained on! It was our longest family hike yet. We got in a 2-hour hike with nary a whine from Chloe (she walked the whole way) and Elinor was a trooper most of the time. She doesn't love our hiking backpack that much, but frankly neither do we. It was a hand-me-down from my sister and we've used it a lot with both of our kids. However, it might be time to upgrade our hiking equipment. 

Chloe was climbing on just about every rock she could find and Elinor munched on Cheetos most of the trip. Snacks are always a good idea!

All the fall colors were amazing! I was surprised to see so many changing leaves already, but I guess it's already freezing up in the Beartooth Mountains.

*** this post was most definitely sponsored by Cheetos, even though that would have been awesome...