Hiking is one of my favorite things in life. Walking around in beautiful places makes my heart so happy.
We were so blessed to travel for 2 months this past year and experience so much beauty. While we were staying and working at Trail West in Buena Vista, Colorado, we hiked Cottonwood Pass three times with our whole camp group. It is a super easy hike for families.
We hiked with babies and kids of all ages as well as adults with all kinds of health problems and an 84 year old grandmother. She loved it.
The hike doesn’t take long but you get a fantastic payout at the top. There is a 360 degree view of the Collegiate Peaks and Taylor Reservoir. The pass is open in the summer, and you can find more about closings and see tons of pictures and videos here. The trailhead is about 19 miles west of Buena Vista and the pass is used as a route from BV to Crested Butte. The pass was used in the USA Procycling Challenge, so Jed felt like Andy Schleck when he rode his bike down the mountain.
No matter how warm it is at the bottom of the mountain, bring lots of layers for yourself and your kiddos. We learned that lesson the hard way on another hike with the Bear. I did not win Mom of the Year in 2012, and I blame that hike among many, many other things. You can read more about our adventures hiking with a toddler here.
Have you taken your whole family hiking? Share any tips or what holds you back in the comments section below.
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As a hazy shade of winter makes me sleepy and cold temperatures keep us indoors, I think wistfully back to our summer adventure. Here are a few instagram pics from one leg of the trip.
Our next adventure will be adding a new member to the family.
What is your next adventure?
Jed was so excited to take the Bear on his first four wheeler ride when we visited the ranch over Thanksgiving. Don’t worry, he was just planning on circling the driveway. The Bear was not equally excited, and you can see below how things played out. He started out a little nervous.
Then he progressed to uncomfortable and tried to escape. Then the whole situation escalated into a full scale meltdown. Needless to say, the Bear’s first four wheeler ride will come sometime in the future.
The Bear’s obsession of the moment is all things farm. When we were invited to the Goertz’s ranch for Thanksgiving, he was in heaven. Not only were there big tractors, cows, horses, and 4-wheelers, there was also a pint sized tractor perfect for him. He spent hours on this thing.
Look at the pure concentration on Preston’s face. This kid is going to be an awesome driver by the time he turns 16.
Now I just need to find one of these mini tractors for our backyard. Craigslist is calling…
My siblings and I are all spread out all over the country, so when we get together we have to get a picture of the kids all together. As you might imagine, getting 3 kids age 3 and under to sit still and pose is nearly impossible. Sweet Luke hadn’t quite mastered the whole sitting up thing, which made it even trickier. There was a small scuffle over the little blue fish in the middle, but we persevered. Two more cute cousins will be added to this side of the family in April and June.
I shot a few pics of The Bear in his t-shirt after I finished it, and sent them out to friends and family that live far away, with the caption, “The Bear has an announcement.”
It took some of our friends and family a bit to figure out they had to read the shirt to get the announcement.
Later we put the shirt back on The Bear to go see some of our friends at our regular Taco Thursday dinner. Such great reactions.
The Bear also wore his shirt to my Young Life “retirement” party to share the good news with all our YL friends.
Finally, I used the the pics to announce the pregnancy here on the blog.
To make the shirt, I used a plain navy blue shirt that was already a part of The Bear’s wardrobe. I have a collection of vintage felt and embroidery floss from and estate sale purchase years ago. I used orange felt and navy blue floss and an embroidery needle that was waaaaay too big to stitch the design. I fastened the felt into an embroidery hoop and stitched away after drawing the words with an disappearing ink pen. I used the hoop as a guide to cut out the circle, and then stitched the circle onto the shirt. Done.
I’m sharing this design over at Prudent Baby’s Embroidery Contest and at some other fun craft parties.