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Hikes With Tykes: Two Adventures With Them

In the past few weeks we were able to get out a few more Hikes with Tykes, a local group I am behind, that encourages parents and little ones to get out. We don’t go fast, but we do have fun.

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On a cool Tuesday morning we met at Nolte State Park for the loop trail around Deep Lake.

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Alistaire happily waiting for Mommy and the other kids to catch up. We had quite a few show up for this week and split into two groups, one faster, one slower.

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Being in the fast group, we came across a fallen tree and spent at least 30 minutes climbing and running on it. It took us 2 hours, yes TWO HOURS, to hike 1.5 miles – but oh the fun we had!

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And as I have noted, oh what I see when I walk slow….

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So much beauty in front of us, and too easy to just run by.

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Later on, I held an event at Tipsoo Lakes, in Mount Rainier National Park (this was about 10 days ago). With our severe low-snow winter, this is an epic melt out. We were a few days ahead of Memorial Weekend and the lakes were melted, but so were half the trails.

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I planned it as a fun-time over hiking. How many kids get to play in the snow AND see frogs hatching at once?

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I couldn’t drag my two youngest out of subalpine heaven. Even after they both got thoroughly soaked…..

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Mt. Rainier peeked through a few times.

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The first flowers were just starting to poke through. I am sure now it is turning colors up there.

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At the same time, it felt so odd to be on dry trail this early.

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And little cheezy says hi!

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