April HiB30: Week 2

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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Trail Log: Flaming Geyser State Park

Trail Log: Flaming Geyser State Park

I’ve been trying to post these logs the day of our hike but this week has been rough so far. T got sick, like really gross sick, for the first time ever. Juggling puky toddler with baby wore me out, so by the time I had a moment to post, I just wanted to sit and not think. We did this hike a couple of days ago, on Sunday. I read that the park can be crowded during the summer and I understand why. Its not very far from the highway, and there is an abundance of river access points. But on this mild April morning, it was pretty quiet. Our goal was to get in 4 miles, and we had another little kid and his dad along. Fortunately the trails are set up in a way that brought us back to the parking lot a couple of times because we ended up cutting it short by about 1.25 miles. The kids were at the point where they had fun but were at the end of their reserves for good behavior, so we decided to end on a high note.

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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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Trail Log: Northwest Timber Trail

Trail Log: Northwest Timber Trail

T has been ready to do some hiking on his own for awhile now, but when we bring the big pack along “just in case”, he tends to ask for a ride after about a quarter mile, and has little interest in walking himself after that. I asked T what he would like to see on his hike and he exclaimed “waterfall!”. Another sunny spot in the forecast was coming up, so I found a kid-friendly hike that we were hoping he could do at least half of himself. It was short and easy enough that we could do shoulder rides if he wasn’t feeling it. The Northwest Timber Trail looked like an appropriate hike, but there weren’t many recent trip reports on it so we went in expecting to be flexible.

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Hike It Baby 30: April 2017

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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Trail Log: Twin Falls

Trail Log: Twin Falls

Twin Falls is the type of hike you often see recommended when someone is searching for a kid-friendly trail, or have friends visiting who want to see a bit of Washington outdoors. I kept meaning to check it out when T was a bit younger, but never made it out. I’ve also heard it can be crowded on weekends, which can be less than ideal with a toddler who wants to frequently stop and inspect ferns. When this week’s weather forecast called for sun, the NW finally answered with blue skies. I figured there was no better time to try this hike than an early spring weekday.

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Trail Log: Licorice Fern Trail

Trail Log: Licorice Fern Trail

It has been a rough winter in the Pacific Northwest. Where we usually get misted with rain for weeks on end, we’ve instead received a regular dusting (or in some cases, dumping) of snow. Unless you have the right gear, getting outdoors with a toddler when it’s cold and wet is sometimes difficult. T has hit the age where he isn’t particularly tolerant of being chilly or uncomfortable. He is also at that inbetween stage of adventuring where he wants to be down on his own two feet a lot, but also wants to be carried sometimes. I spent most of this winter very pregnant, so carrying was out for me. Now that the baby is here and has some weeks of being out in the world under his belt, we are trying to get some hiking in before Justin’s parental leave ends.

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