Thursday, July 16, 2009

How to Hike with your Kids

Pick a beautiful spot. It helps to be near water and make sure it's a short hike. If you've never hiked with your kids before it's probably not such a good idea to start with a four miler. We took on a little more than a mile this time.

Make sure you bring plenty of snacks.

Plan for plenty of time to stop and watch the scenery.

And pose for pictures.

Sometimes it gets frustrating along the way, remember that it's all about spending time together in God's beautiful creation.

Help each other along the way, and again make sure there's lots of snacks.

Stop to enjoy all you see.

Stick together, there should not be any lone rangers while out hiking.

And when they get tired along the way, give them a lift. It's pretty nice to have a sleeping gal on your shoulders.

Above all, remember to have fun. Hiking for us is all about being together and exposing our kids to nature. If it's torture for them, they might not enjoy it so much later in life. Start small and work up to big hikes, remember that a mile to little legs seems a lot longer than a mile to us. And, really can't stress it enough, bring plenty of snacks. A little treat along the way helps when they're tired.

And it's a great idea to plan a little treat on the way home. We usually make sure to stop of ice cream or at a local bakery on the way home. It's great incentive to keep going and a great reward for those little hikers who made it the whole way all by themselves.

Hiking for us is a great way to have fun close to home. We are blessed to live in an area with lots of options nearby, and try to take advantage of them a few times a month. It's a great way to get away, while still being close to home.

Sharing these adventures as a family is one of the things that makes life beautiful. Head over to Melissa's Beautiful Life series and see how others are finding beauty this week.


  1. Hi Gina! I'm sure washing soda will work just as well. And if you already have oils, you are good to go. Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I love taking my kids hiking. I so agree---have water nearby and always bring lots of snacks!

    Great pictures.

  3. I miss hiking with my kids. When they were young we would call it "exploring". My daughter would pronounce it "splorin". So whenever one of us wanted to head the parks we would say "who wants to go splorin?"
    Enjoy your time with them!

  4. Lovely - these are the moments are kids remember - time spent together.

    Hi from N Ireland.

  5. What an amazing landscape to explore! It's so different from anything we have in Australia. Lovely post. Meredith xo.

  6. Looks like you had a lot of fun. What wonderful memories you're making. I agree our kids love snacks!! We saw that first hand the week we had them. The pictures are great!! Looks like good painting material. Love you!!


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