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Friday, February 25, 2011

Hiking with Little Ones

B Daddy and I love being outside. Our collection of outdoor toys rivals that of most any household. Two boats, six bikes, a three man tent and about eighteen backpacks are stashed in our tiny garage just in case an opportunity presents itself to go have an adventure.

With two kiddos under age two, it's usually easier to stay home and hit up the park on Saturday; but this past weekend we threw caution to the wind and drove up to one of my favorite easy hikes, Dukes Creek Falls in Helen Georgia.

The kids did great; Sweet B (aka #2, aka Britain) slept the whole hike in and the Squirt toddled along, picking up sticks and rocks and dragging Monkey (his puppy dog lovie) through the dirt.

We brought lunch and ate down by the falls (all of us, even Sweet B) and the Squirt fell asleep just as we finished up. It was so much fun to share this love of ours with our kids. Why have kids if you can't indoctrinate them early, right?!

My recommendations for hiking with a toddler:

1. Get a hiking pack for your kiddo to ride in
2. Pick a short but super scenic hike
3. Bring snacks. Lots and lots of snacks.
4. Make up games to play along the way.
5. Expect it to take 4 times as long as it would take adults alone.

Most importantly - remember it really is about the journey, not the destination!

So how do you pass the things you love along to your kids?

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