Today my children and I went for a hike. We went to our local dam that has a 1 mile walking / biking / jogging / whatever path from one end to the other. Then you can either go left or right at the end and walk the woods back in a loop to the parking lot, or you can turn around and walk a mile back across the dam.
We arrived at the dam and Ewok got out with her back pack and camera and was all excited to get going.
Tank doesn’t walk yet, and the wooded paths are not stroller friendly, so I strapped him to my back and we took off behind her.
I love walking the dam. The sights are so beautiful.
Ewok enjoys this part of the hike as well. She takes photos, she runs up and then back to me. You can even catch her hoping from time to time.
When we get to the end of the dam we take he path to the right. This is our current favorite…because it leads to a play ground. It’s fun for Ewok and it’s a break for me. That means I get to take Tank off of my back and talk to him instead of him just drooling on my shoulder.
Spring in Northwestern, PA tends to look a bit like fall when all the snow melts. There are dead dry leaves everywhere and all the leaves are missing from the trees.
In a few weeks this will change. I love this place because you can watch the seasons change, and it is beautiful no matter what time of the year you come.
She discovered moss for the first time today and so we had to stop and investigate it.
This is Ewok relaying her “findings” about the moss to me. So serious!
Spring is muddy and that makes it fun for kids, well at least for Ewok.
Peek-a-boo i’m still on this trip!
This is proof kids do not need toys. Give them dirt, and sticks and let them push the sticks through the dirt and poke the mud, and let them have fun!
Climbing is also fun! Accidents can happen but if you never let anything happen then nothing will.
Nothing at all. Dirt happens, scrapes happen, but so does fun and learning and that is what is important.
He loved being along for the ride.
Take time for exploration, even at the end of the hike and all you want to do is get back to the car.
Muddy puddles are fun too.
Let them explore, let them climb, let them collect, let them get dirty!
Make them take their muddy boots off before getting in the care (I did).
Let mud happen!
Oh and don’t say you’re kids can’t do it…
My 4 year old completed a 2.5 mile hike today.
If you encourage them, they will do it, specially if you make it fun.