Exploring Henry’s Ridge Open Space Trails

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On Tuesday morning I got together with two moms and their children for a casual hike. Our first choice of hike panned out (oops…a huge field trip was showing up!), so one of the moms mentioned Henry’s Ridge, which I knew where it was but ummm….had never explored it! It sits in Maple Valley, up […]

Sunday Hiking in Cedar Creek Park

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Cedar Creek Park is a regional wild space in King County, Washington, tucked in between numerous developments, and oddly enough, in the middle of our town, Maple Valley. And yet, I’d hedge most of the town (and county) have no idea it is there. It is old DNR land (it was a school fund trust […]

Taking Children Hiking…It’s Like Herding Cats

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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. Starring: Ford (17), Walker (5), and […]

Tulips & Forts

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With a weekend day free Kirk and I took the boys up north to Skagit County in Washington State, to see the tulips. With the non-existent winter, the tulips have started early so got there before the annual month-long festival starts in April.The colors are really worth the color – and one can walk for […]

First Day Hikes: Cedar Creek Park

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Cedar Creek Park is a small wooded multi-use trail system in our town. It is a 119 acre park, of 80 year old trees (which in itself is shocking, considering it sits right in the middle of town, and wasn’t relogged). The park is slowly growing, with lots of volunteer hours. Only a few months […]

What Do Our Toddler & Preschooler Carry?

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Posts on “What I Carry In My Pack” are pretty common on the interwebs, although it is nearly always written from an adult’s perspective. Children get covered here and there, but it is nearly always older children (school-age). In my years of hiking I have noticed one constant truth: children are not taken out enough, […]