Top 5 Kid-Friendly Hikes Near Laramie

This summer I've been on a mission. To find hiking destinations with nice scenery, minimal elevation change and trails wide enough to accommodate a jogging stroller because let's be honest--I'd love to ditch the Chariot but 1/2 mile down the trail I'm usually pushing one child and carrying the other. Sure, I like steep technical trails and amazing views as much as the next hiker but since most of the time I hit the trails with William (3) and Finn (1) I need to go for easy. I you're looking to find us on a weekday morning there's a good…

Hiking With Kids Is Disgusting

Motherhood is gross and hiking with kids is disgusting. There are always fat sticky fingers touching me. I constantly fight against bed-head, dirty fingernails, and milk mustaches. Don't even get me started on brushing my kid's teeth, it's traumatic for all parties involved. So, I don't do it nearly as often as I should. I swore I'd be the Mom whose children always wore clean matching clothes. Now I'm lucky if my free ballin' kids are actually wearing clothes. I hope there aren't any perverts in our new neighborhood. Our oldest son turns 3 next month. He wants to be a…

Tips for Teaching a Toddler to Snowshoe

I'm a big fan of teaching toddlers to do things early. Last winter we first strapped cross-country ski's on our son when he was 17 months old. The only reason we didn't start him on snowshoes last year was just because we didn't have any for him to use. This winter our 2 1/2 year old has had a fun time on both his cross-country skis and snowshoes. Here's what we've learned about teaching a toddler to snowshoe. Keep It Simple. If we say "Get ready, we're going snowshoeing" our toddler tends to pout. But, if we say "Let's go for a…

How to Pack for a Day Hike with Babies & Toddlers

Two years ago when I was trying to figure out how to hike with a brand new baby I scanned the internet for advice on what to put in my daypack. I read an article written by a woman who packed her breast pump (along with her breastfed baby) up a mountain and realized that I was better off developing my own packing list based off of our route, location, the weather and the needs of our baby. Here's a short video with what was in my pack during a hike on Monday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXLE9awtT70 My packing list has evolved over…