Monday, June 11, 2012

Hiking with My Little Man


 
People are often amazed when I mention Reece and I were out hiking for the afternoon. The afternoon they say, Reece can hike that long? Well, yes and no. You see when we head out for an afternoon of hiking the Boba carrier comes with us, so when he gets tired he can hop on my back for a little while and chill out.

Hanging out in the Boba
But what you also have to realize is we don’t always get that far when we are hiking. I follow his lead, which means we spend a lot of time looking at things, collecting things and just taking our time in nature.

Last week we headed out for an afternoon hike, picnic packed and bird seed in hand, we went to one of our favourite spots, Lynde Shore Conservation Area. The plan was to spend some time feeding the birds and chipmunks and then venture down to the lake to enjoy our lunch before heading home. We were gone for just over three hours on our adventure and had a fabulous time. 

This amazes me every time


The goose was trying to sneak a taste



Can you see the lake?

The reward of our hike...we were the only ones on the beach

Gorgeous

Look mom, rocks!

Having fun

A little treat on the way back - a deer!

We watched quietly while she munched on some berries

A beautiful spot

The perfect finish to a lovely hike with my little man

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28 comments:

  1. Looks like a lovely hike. Are those little critters chipmunks Kim? I must show my boys. I am a bit embarrassed to say I have never seen a picture of real ones before. We watched one of the new chipmunk movies on the weekend . Have a great week. xxoo

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    1. It was Julie. And yes those are chipmunks. This is the only place I know of where they will come and eat out of your hand, actually they pretty much chase you looking for food. It is a pretty awesome experience. We usually get the birds to feed out of our hand as well, but didn't happen on this visit.

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  2. Looks like a great way to spend a few hours. Happy times!

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  3. what a beautiful hiking spot! that beach looks like the perfect break spot. i get those amazed folks too :) i love the surprise of what our hike will be like- will it be one where the boys run almost the entire time and we cover quite a bit of ground, or will it be one where little ground is covered as we stop for mini adventures in every crack, crevice, and water hole!

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    1. It really is, and the lake and beach is a great spot. We don't often make it that far, so I was really happy to get there. That is the fun of hiking with little ones, you just never know.

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  4. Can I see the lake? I wanna jump in... feel the cold wake up my soul and then hang with you guys picking up rocks and feeling the sand on my feet. :)

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  5. Hi Kim,

    Wonderful photos! That lake is a wonderful reward for a good hike! Your son must love the chance to get outside and get to see all the little (and not so little) animal critters! Even at my age I would love to feed a chipmunk out of my hand!

    Have a good week!
    ~Kelly

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    1. Thanks Kelly! He does love it, the deer was a special treat, his first one.

      And it never gets old, doesn't matter how many times we go, I still get a thrill when the chipmunks or birds eat out of our hands...amazing!

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  6. My perfect sort of family adventure, no pressure, no sense of urgency or time, just beautiful places to explore and enjoy together.I love all the photos, it really does look like a beautiful spot. Thank you for joining me on Country Kids

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    1. I think the best family adventures are those with no plans...just follow the lead of my little man and see where it takes us. I love that!

      Thanks for hosting Country Kids :)

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  7. That goose remind me of when I was 2 and a goose bit me on the butt because it was trying to get my Popsicle. I am no terrified of geese. My S thinks it's hilarious. :) I love seeing where you live. So lush and accessible. Not like my cactus!

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    1. I have to admit I was watching that goose very closely...they can attack. They shouldn't actually be that tame, but people feed them, and the ducks when they are not suppose to. We are free to feed the birds and the chipmunks, but it is posted not to feed the geese and ducks, but people do, sadly.

      You are welcome to visit anytime :)

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  8. Looks a really gorgeous place to hike. I love carriers. Yours looks really sturdy on the back, useful if they fall asleep after all the walking.

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    1. It really is a lovely spot. And yes carriers are the best and this one is my favourite. It is sturdy and offers great support for both of us. I wouldn't know about the falling asleep part, Reece has never fallen asleep in it. It does have a little hoodie so if they fall asleep you can keep their head from falling all around.

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  9. What a beautiful place to hike and such wonderful memories for you together. Thank you for sharing at Happy Family Times!!

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    1. It is a beautiful spot, we are pretty lucky to have many spots like this in our area. So grateful.

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  10. Chipmunks and deer! That is super special! Your hikes are so wonderful :-) And thanks for sharing at Happy Family Times x

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    1. Thanks, we do love getting outside and enjoying all Mother Nature has to offer :)

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  11. What a lovely hike! I can't believe that the animals come so close! Very cool....by the way, love the new background!

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    1. The chipmunks are really tame at this trail so we expected them to come up, but getting that close to the deer was pretty special.

      And thank you :)

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  12. Now, that looks like my kind of place! The photos are stunning, Kim. And, feeding the chipmunk looks awesome!

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    1. Thanks Vicky! It amazes me every time we go that the chipmunks will come right up to us. It never gets old :)

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  13. What a fantastic pace! What fun is hiking when you can't stop and explore along the way? Sounds like a wonderful time to pass the morning.

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