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Happy New Year! 2018

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Frost on alder catkins

The New Year has come, and we are a week into it. Have you been out for any hikes yet? We had our third annual Magical Twilight Snowshoe Adventure (sounds like someone’s been watching too much My Little Pony episodes….) at Gold Creek Pond on New Year’s Eve. This hike is turning into a neat way to end the year and celebrate the winter. I’ll put a short TR up eventually, as well as another hike I did in the fall. I still need to tally up my hiking mileage for 2017. It will me much lower than previous years, but I’m still curious.

You may have noticed that I have not been as active on this blog in the past several months. Or maybe you didn’t notice. At any rate, there are a few reasons for this. I’ve been battling some health issues, and haven’t been getting out as much. So it isn’t very exciting to write. Additionally, I think I just needed a break from the responsibility of keeping up with all the aspects of running a blog and creating a website. I’ve been blogging since the dark ages of blogs (probably 10 years?) and writing the same things over and over, just with different weather and growing kids.

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This Tree is One Kid Wide

But after taking some time off, and with the re-evaluations that come along with the New Year, I’ve come up with some different ideas for how to liven up my blog. In January and February, I’ll be running a series of posts to help new families get into hiking. I think experienced families will find value and interesting stories, as well. I have a couple of exciting interviews lined up, some tips and tricks for gear and food, and I’ll be going over a few good books you’ll want to have on your shelves.

I’m really interested in building more connections with others in the hiking community, and look forward to introducing you to some cool people and groups. I’m also considering how I can be more real and open about overcoming adversity on the trail, and encourage people to stop and really notice the beauty around them.

One thing I wanted to mention, even though I’m going to be writing about it in the next week or so, is a mileage challenge that I’m going to be joining. The Hike Like a Woman 365 Mile Challenge has already started, but it’s not too late to join in! You’re not too far behind! A mile a day is all it takes, plus some longer hikes throughout the year to make up for days you miss. Most able-bodied folks can walk a mile in about 20 minutes on a flat surface. Having toddlers or preschoolers along increases the time, but it’s still a reachable goal for many families. Check out their website, and let me know here or on my Facebook page if you are going to join in!

Mt. Rainier, End-of-Summer Fling, Part 1(Paradise and Cougar Rock)

We are gearing up to begin our school term in another week, and we wanted one last big trip to enjoy the gorgeous weather at the end of summer. I had been yearning to get to Paradise to see the flowers, and also had an overnight backpack in mind for us. We snagged a spot…Continue Reading

2014 Great Backyard Bird Count

One of the ways we stay connected to nature through the seasons is by observing birds.  Even on busy days when we can’t get out for a walk, we can watch and enjoy the birds at our feeders and in our yard.  And while we’re watching this weekend, we can help scientists learn more about…Continue Reading

Heybrook Lookout Hike – 10/18/13

I’m posting a trip report from back in October, since it’s a nice off-season hike for warmer winter and early spring days. It was one of the last sunny, warm days we had before the weather turned more gloomy for the season.  —————————————————————————————– My kids were asking for a hike, yet they also wanted to…Continue Reading

Yes, It’s Been Quiet Here

It’s been a little quiet here for those of you who have followed me for awhile.  Some of it has been that we have been busy having adventures, some of it has been dealing with homeschooling preparations, and some has been just needing a break from spending the late nights posting.  But a lot of…Continue Reading

Gear Review: Lowepro Photo Sport Pro 30L Backpack

Disclaimer: I received this product from the manufacturer for review. All opinions are my own and are my honest evaluation. I recently had the chance to review the Lowepro Photo Sport Pro 30L AWBackpack.  This pack is a combination camera bag and technical day pack.  I used this pack on a long dayhike up the…Continue Reading