Fall weather has finally graced us with its presence, and other than an odd 90-degree day this past week, its been mild and wet. It was much more enjoyable to get out, although reminded me that we are in need of new rainboots for T. I’ll start by admitting that I didn’t hit one of my big goals for this month, and I easily could have with an extra walk, but it just didn’t feel that important. I spent more time focusing on my own fitness, so sometimes we just did fun park stuff, then I would go to the gym later on solo. I exceeded other goals though, so I feel pretty good about how the challenge went this time.
Last Saturday, we decided to check out a local trail, Meadowdale Beach, which is great for little kids. T did the whole thing himself, even the long set of stairs towards the end. At one point, I exclaimed about the difficulty, and he assured me, “You can do it!”. It makes me feel good that our encouragement and positivity has rubbed off on him.
I ventured out to the Big Four Ice Caves with our local Hike It Baby branch. It was the first time I’ve attempted a non-urban trail hike with both kids on my own. Si did really well in the pack, and T didn’t hardly complain once. Its too bad its so far out, and half an hour out of cell range, because its an ideal pre-k trail.
We did two stroller walks, and for our final day, we did a neighborhood bike/stroll/hike/play time.
I didn’t hit my stroller miles goal, I was short by about 2.5 miles, which is pretty lame of me because thats like, a 45 minute walk I could have squeezed in pretty much any day. We hit our overall 30 mile goal, and I exceeded my goal of hosting my first Hike It Baby meetup (I did 3!). I am looking forward to the November challenge because THAT will be difficult, and it lands right when I need the motivation to bundle the kids up and get them outside.
The final tally for Hike It Baby 30 was 48 miles and 2,024 minutes (almost 34 hours) outside for T, and a little over 50 miles and 2,049 minutes outside for Si. As usual, I don’t really count the time T spends playing in the backyard on his own because, well, that’s not much of a challenge. I gained a lot of confidence in organizing Hike It Baby events, and I am feeling a lot more comfortable getting outdoors with both of them. It really helps that T has gotten so strong and listens very well too. I don’t really have to worry about him taking off or doing anything excessively risky. He seems to have a good idea of appropriate boundaries without me needing to constantly remind him to be safe. Hoping we can get in some nice fall color hikes before it gets too much colder.