Why it’s Fun Hiking with a Toddler

Motherhood has changed me. I've given up on the fact that my house will never be clean enough.  Animal crackers have become a staple in our diet. There are snot stains on every shoulder of every shirt I own and I feel so smart because I'm learning a new language ("uck"=truck, "ook"=book, "mama"=mama). But as a Mom nothing is more fun than hiking with 20 pounds of extreme cuteness riding on my back. [caption id="attachment_2871" align="alignleft" width="1984"] It ain't always pretty...[/caption] I never know when my kid's stubby (and often sticky) little fingers are going to reach their way through…

7 Tips for Hiking with Babies and Grandparents

It's that time of the year and we've got company!  Family has ascended upon our small town coming from exotic, warm and low altitude places in Hawaii and Texas for a mini family reunion. They've noticed that at 7200 feet our air is thin and despite the lack of oxygen we are embarking upon a grand adventure into the Snowies today. A day on the trails is typically pretty anticlimactic for us.  But, bringing a fairly large and diverse group onto the trails is not something we do very often so we've planned differently for today. We know that Grandma…