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Taking Children Hiking…It’s Like Herding Cats

Hiking with children….well I can tell you that with one it is doable – especially if they are of the special breed of Rainbow Unicorn Children like my oldest was – the ones that love hiking and are built for it. Now then…taking 3 of them is a challenge.

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Starring: Ford (17), Walker (5), and Alistaire (3).

8 am trail starts? HAHAHA….oh wow. I needed a good laugh. Let’s try some donut bribery and then lunch, and hey! We left home at 1 pm and got there at 2 pm. Good thing it stays light longer this time of year ๐Ÿ˜‰ And that I picked a shorter trail….

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Todays hike was at Kanasket-Palmer State Park, which is oddly enough around 7-8 miles from my home, yet somehow I have never hiked its trails. Young kids make close in state parks look extra attractive. The kind where it is a short drive…..If the past has taught me anything, we’ll be hiking in the mountains soon enough this year.

KP is a rural state park that offers camping (and even yurts). The main trail, the loop we did, is a mix of trail and old road beds. One needs to pay attention though – a number of the junctions are not marked, nor is there a real map showing them. But…it is a small area and if you get “misplaced” you will either hit the river or a road, so not a huge deal.

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Second growth forests might lack some things, but they don’t in luscious undergrowth.

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The trails were lined in Dicentra, coming into bloom.

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Alistaire has become a lot of fun to hike with in the past few month. His legs are long enough now and he has great balance.

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The Green River is the focus much of the trail, with many side paths to go down to it.

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Spring in the lowland forest of the PNW means one flower – Trilliums.

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Alistaire and Walker checking out the scenery.

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I might enjoy hiking in other environments, but nothing is as good as the PNW forest to me. I have a thing for green everywhere.

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We eventually hit a weird three-way junction and played that great hiking game “which way do we go”, and I guessed right ๐Ÿ˜‰ Bonus for me today! Although it did involve a good stiff uphill hike.

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Another bonus was Alistaire loves to point out flowers he sees (helps when you are the shortest….). Purple Trillium make me smile.

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And old road beds make great hiking trails for little feet….

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Andย the happiest time of the day is when they see the end of the trail ๐Ÿ˜‰

One thought on “Taking Children Hiking…It’s Like Herding Cats

  1. I’m a PNWer currently living in southern California. It’s currently beautiful and warm outside, but wow I miss that green!

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