April HiB30: Week 4 & Wrap Up

With one last hike for the month on Sunday, we slid through home and hit our 30 mile goal for April’s Hike It Baby 30 challenge. I am really glad we were able to do it Half way through the month, I wasn’t sure we would get there with T taking toddler pace to a whole new level of slow. The challenge nudged me back towards leaving the house each day and I’ve felt a slight return to pre-Si normalcy. There were rainy days where I certainly would have stayed in if not for the challenge.

For the final week of the challenge, I hit all three of my weekly goals. On Saturday, we did a carrier hike in Central Washington (Trail Log: Ancient Lakes), which got us really close to our 30 mile goal. We visited the arboretum for a kid-led walk with my local Hike It Baby branch, and other than the part where I had two screaming children at the end, it was a lot of fun to get out with other kids and parents. Towards the end of the week, the sky was unexpectedly blue, so I took the kids for a stroller walk at the Brightwater Treatment Plant. Taking a walk through a water treatment plant sounds…weird…but the grounds surrounding the buildings have been made into a large park with a few miles of trails.

As of this past Saturday, I was less than a quarter mile from our goal, but I knew we were going to hike the next day. Sunday called for rain showers, so we took a trip to the rainforest. Ironically, it was not raining there, but

I’m satisfied with how we did on the challenge, and I did figure out the whole carrier nursing thing, which has been really helpful for short fussy periods. I still stop to let him out sometimes; I figure it can’t be comfortable to sit in a carrier all day without stretching. I wish we had gotten to more Hike It Baby meetups, I could really use some mom friends right now. I seriously underestimated how much more work it is to leave the house with two kids.

Our final numbers were 36.21 miles and 2,460 minutes outside. I didn’t count time when I released T into the backyard and sat inside drinking coffee because I didn’t feel like it was in the spirit of the challenge, but that probably would have added a few hours. The next challenge isn’t until September and I hope that we can set an even higher goal by then (although probably not the 180+ miles I saw some people finish with!).

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April HiB30: Week 3

Well, I’m missing two goals right now. I didn’t make it to a Hike It Baby meetup this week, and I have a variety excuses for that. The biggest thing keeping me solo is the combination of T being constantly dissatisfied with what he is doing (Walking, he wants in the stroller; in the stroller, he wants to walk), and Si being hit and miss on his pack temperament. The ideal meetups are longer stroller walks, or toddler wanders. But yea, totally doable for me, I am just finding reasons to stay home (traffic, nap time, lunch time, potty training, etc etc). I also haven’t figured out the whole nursing in the carrier thing. Si is a messy eater and I’m not sure that there is a huge benefit over just stopping and taking a break right now. Plus I figure its good for him to get out and stretch and bit.

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April HiB30: Week 2

I meant to write this days ago, but we’ve been out of town since last week. My mom lives in Central Oregon, and manages an endurance ride there and I was able to go photograph it this weekend. A few years ago, I was photographing 1-2 rides a month, but between traveling and camping, its been a lot tougher to do with kids. Her ride is probably the only one I’ll photograph this year as we could stay at her house instead of tent camping onsite. Her internet is glacial in speed, so I didn’t spend much time on the computer while I was there.

I did pay myself early though, and I now have a hiking-friendly camera. I opted for the Sony a6000, but I still need to get some kind of belt pack or capture clip for it. Also looking into a small prime lens but that will probably have to wait awhile. It is going to take me some time to get used to, shooting with it feels a lot different than with a DSLR.

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April HiB30: Week 1

One year ago today, the tulips were blooming early and the warm sun was showing its face regularly. We had started our hiking season in January, so when I took on Hike it Baby 30 for April 2016, I thought “Ha, piece of cake.” I went on a couple of short hikes myself, packing T, during the week. We went on long weekend hikes, usually 5-10 miles. We passed 30 miles with a week to spare. In the end, we logged 38.4 miles and 23.5 hours outdoors. And I didn’t even bother counting the days we just hung out at the park, or went to the Tulip Festival.

Now I understand why so many people were just happy to get outside a few days a week, or how hitting 30 miles really can be a challenge, even for people who love hiking and being outdoors.

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Hike It Baby 30: April 2017

If you’ve spent any time looking for more information on hiking with babies and small children, you’ve probably come across an organization called Hike It Baby. Hike It Baby is a non-profit that helps parents and caretakers find like-minded people to do outdoor activities with, along with their children. “Raising a generation to love the outdoors” is one of their mottos and so far, I’ve found the meetups to be friendly and welcoming. I’ve been to a few “coffee strolls”, where we pushed strollers through parks to grab coffee together, a carrier hike where myself and the other moms packed our toddlers and babies out on the trail, and one adults-only outdoor yoga session. Unfortunately, my second pregnancy slowed me way down. I feel like I napped away the entire summer of 2016 (like seriously, I can hardly remember anything about it other than looking at some houses).

So this year, I’m back to participate in the Hike it Baby 30 challenge.

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