Saturday, March 5, 2011

What kids can do

Spence and I have wimped out lately on hiking with the kids. With one at 35 pounds and one pushing 40, we're approaching that no-man's land of too heavy to carry, too slow and whiny to walk. But cabin fever got the best of us and we ventured to Big South Fork two weekends ago...we feared against our better judgment. 

Once we got there it took about hour to prep (pee, put on layers, put on boots, pack diapers and lunch, dig snacks back out of the pack because "we're hungry", adjust straps, find trekking poles, load everyone up) and head off.

Five minutes down the trail, we stopped to do this because somebody pooped.

Another somebody melted down because we were walking too fast. By the time we got reloaded, we each had a somebody screaming in our ear. But we pushed on, until...

And lunch always makes it better

After lunch we tried letting everyone walk 
Stopping to throw stones...

And cross creeks

And walk on logs
Until Dawit designated himself hike leader. He hoofed it like nobody's business

Occasionally he got off course and took a tumble

Trying a little bouldering with dad's help...
...and without
We start 'em early in this family

By trip's end, Dawit had hiked more than a mile on his own, and Caroline more than 2 miles -- and a good bit of that in wet shoes as we had to ford a creek about 20 times. We were proud as punch at the oomph these kiddos showed. And we look forward to subjecting them to even more suffering adventures this spring.

Since this trip, Dawit has hiked 2/3 of the trail at our farm -- about 2 miles. That boy's going to be running circles around us soon. Spence is already planning a boys' backpacking trip.


Anonymous said...

I am so proud of my GRANDS and their parents. What a fun family outing! Nana

kn said...

Thank you for sharing these photos they are so fun to see! You guys are great, all four of you. My favorite photo has your daughter in those great hiking shoes asleep and in the carrier! Love that! What a beautiful hike.

rebekah said...

Ah yes, the family hiking. I've finally let go of long hikes in my head, and have also realized that even hikes full of whining and such are beneficial anyway. Kids don't do new challenging stuff without whining, unfortunately.

Wish we lived closer, first of all because you clearly have better weather! I'd be thrilled to get out on the trails now, but we're looking at at least another month until we can. And also because we'd have so much fun together.

Sue A said...

Love the pictures. Makes me wish I could be there! It's so awesome that you do all of that w/ your kids. Such great memories

Coffeybunny said...

Totally different with littles along. I've accepted it, Chris is in denial.
Glad your littles will get to enjoy and train for more adventures with their supercool Mom and Dad.

los cazadores said...

Everytime I come to your blog, I am reminded of how much I love you, Lori (how much when considering I've only seen you once ever) and how cooler than cool it would be for my family to get to hang out and hike or fish with you guys.

Waiting for Zufan! said...

Wow, how awesome is that! I'm so impressed.

S said...

I'm not showing these photos to my hubs because he will want to move there. Hiking fills his soul. He's gotten me hooked too...Beautiful photos,beautiful!