In the chaos that is life,
In the busy moments... the rushing about
we find our peace in nature.
In the quiet moments,
the gentle breeze,
tiny running feet,
and these memories we are making,
Sorry for the silence this week, to be honest it has been a super crazy week. Full of toddler tantrums, hot weather, and a lot of popsicles. We haven't been outside nearly as much as I would like and so I thought a post on hiking with a toddler would be both appropriate and maybe motivate me to actually get out and hike some this weekend!
ps. Also know there is so much to say about the bus... but I can't quite yet so hang tight there is a lot of exciting information and just wonderful things to come!
I would definitely not classify us as advanced hikers... more gentle wanderers. Hiking for us generally involves setting out on a trail and going as far as we can and then heading back home. I remember the first time we took Jessamyn hiking... it was actually on her first camping trip. We had a really rough, cold night... She was about six months old and basically just screamed the whole night long. That morning we got up and headed out on the trail. It was the first time the whole trip she didn't scream her head off... she actually giggled and enjoyed her self.
Since then we try to go out at least once a week, obviously this doesn't always happen but when it does it is always magical. Jessamyn always has the best time, meeting all the dogs, taking in all the scenery. Ben and I always seem to have the deepest and best conversations and inevitably we stumble across something beautiful.
Bonnets are seriously such a hiking essential! I am going to be so sad the day she no longer fits in this one!
I thought I would just include a few of our recent hiking pictures on here and a few of our hiking essentials. Every time we go out is a little bit different but always wonderful and so much fun!
Hiking Essentials :
- Osprey Poco Plus - This hiking back pack has been such a lifesaver! I spoke about it briefly in our "flying with a baby" post but seriously it is amazing! There is storage, a sun shade, a rain guard, and it makes carrying her so light and easy. When she was a little baby we used an Ergo carrier which worked great too but I definitely think the Poco Plus was worth the investment and has been such a game changer for our hikes. (ps. Osprey has never sponsored us but they should because we are obsessed)
- KEEN shoes - Both Jessamyn and I wear KEEN boots when we hike and absolutely love them. Jessamyn has three pairs and they have been such a blessing when it comes to hiking. Initially she would wear moccasins or just go barefoot.... because she refused shoes but since discovering KEEN and their wonderful shoes she wears them everywhere! I especially love them because I know her feet are safe and seriously there is something so adorable about a tiny person in hiking boots!
- Chasing Windmills - This is a brand that makes merino wool clothing for children and honestly I have been so impressed with the quality. Whenever we go hiking I bring her Chasing Windmills hoodie with us. She has a pair of shorts and a few shirts as well and they are the perfect quality for being out in the woods. The weather in Colorado is so unpredictable and I love how the merino wool holds up no matter what nature is doing. The only complaint I have is I have yet to find a hoodie as lovely in my size!
- A good water bottle - This doesn't have to be brand specific but we love Klean Kanteen for Jessamyn. They have a mini sized water bottle that is just her size and she loves to carry them around. Plus they come in tons of colors, don't leak, and so far appear to be indestructible (at least to everything a toddler can do to them). For us we use The Alaska Life Explorer bottles... I love the color of these water bottles, how ridiculously long they keep beverages cold (or hot), and how durable they are.
- A good snack - We really like KIND bars, they are healthy and super delicious, plus not terribly heavy and hold up in the bottom of a pack pretty well! Jessamyn is currently obsessed with Annie's cheddar bunnies right now... she would eat a whole box if I would let her and though not terribly protein dense they do make a good quick snack on the trail.
Other than that I mean it just depends on what you personally need for yourself. We like to hike early in the morning or in the evening when it isn't terribly hot. If you are going to hike in the middle of the day obviously sunscreen is a must! We use THIS guide to find trails and maps for where we want to hike in Colorado. I am always afraid of getting lost or trapped in a thunderstorm and so we are pretty cautious about knowing where we are going!
The other thing we always bring is a good camera! There is something about hiking that leaves me feeling creative and inspired and whenever I hike without a camera I always regret it later on!
PS.... here are a few of my hiking style favorites....
- Wish You Were Northwest - they might have the cutest shirts ever... ever, ever!!
- Savage Seeds - Also super adorable shirts, and Colorado based so you can't go wrong with that!
- Albion Fit - Super cozy leggings... like seriously the coziest and most flattering!
- Yellow 108 - Because you can never go wrong with a good hat... especially one sustainably made!
Okay thats it I promise! If you have any hiking suggestions, trail suggestions, fun hiking brands I would LOVE to hear! Please leave a comment or stop by our Instagram to say hi!