Hiking As A Family-Our First Trip

Hiking to the top of the World on Blue Ridge Trail

My husband is very active. Because of this, we are a pretty outdoorsy family. We like to camp and take day trips to lakes, rivers, and streams.

Recently, he has gotten into hiking. A couple months ago, he took my 6-year-old son with him and they went hiking a very popular trail in our area–Blue Ridge Trail. When they got home, he said they had done the whole loop in about 2 and a half hours, and he was very proud of how well our son did.

Well, ever since then he has been trying to get me to go, so last week on his day off we loaded up the kids and our lunch, and set off to see the world! I figured that since the boys had done it so easily, it would be fine for me and the girls as well. I was a little concerned about our 3-year-old, because she doesn’t even like to walk in the grocery store, but my husband said he would carry her if need be.

We set off, and I knew right away that my husband had definitely downplayed the difficulty. After just 15 minutes, I was covered in sweat and wanted to give up! But my lying motivating husband kept assuring me that we only had a little ways to go.

Hiking the Trail

You can see me trudging along in the back, where I was most of the hike. These pictures do not do it justice as to how steep it was.

The first half of the way up, I carried the baby and my husband carried the backpack. When we got closer to the top, I couldn’t do it anymore with a weight on my back, so for a little while he carried the baby and the backpack. (What a stud!!) You can see my 3-year-old hitched a ride on the way down, but it was more for my peace of mind. It was so steep that she kept tripping over her feet and falling. Yes, that is dirt all over her face!

About halfway up we stopped for a rest and a quick bite to eat.

On Top of the World

 I know why my husband likes it so much. At this height, we couldn’t even hear the sounds of the road below, nor see any cars or signs of civilization. It was just us, nature, and the occasional hiking party passing us up or heading back down. It really was a gorgeous view, too.

Baby Needs A Snack

I don’t know if you can see the sheer exhaustion on my face, but it’s there!

We kept going, and I was so surprised how well the kids were doing. They thought it was such an adventure! We kept stopping so they could look at lizards or watch the birds that were circling amazingly close to where we were.

And we also threw in a history lesson…we started talking about how the first settlers that moved West had to hike over miles of terrain like this, and there weren’t any trails back then for them to follow. They had to make their own way.

Almost to the Top

This is as high as we got. My husband said we were only about 10-15 minutes from the peak, but I had already heard that about 5 times, and the kids were pretty tired, so we decided to turn back. I didn’t get a picture, but you can see the valley between the peaks.

Going down was a lot quicker. We had to walk/run just to keep our balance on some spots.

And when we got to the bottom and looked at the posted trail map, it turns out we were only a couple turns from the peak. If we had kept going, we could have probably been there in 10 minutes.

I also noticed this sign at the bottom that I had somehow failed to see when we started out:

Blue Ridge Trail

Notice the part that says “Steep, hot, strenuous trail?”

After knowing how close we were to the top, I definitely think we could make it all the way. We are planning on giving it another go on my husband’s next free day off. I am excited to get all the way to the peak next time. There is a view of Lake Berryessa from the top that will make the whole thing worthwhile.

I do have to say, I am glad we attempted it. Hiking may take a few times to get used to, but it is fun to be away from it all. Plus, it is an amazing workout!

Do you do any fun outdoor activities with your family?

Here is the baby carrier I was using. I love it because it works for both my 6-month-old and my 3-year-old.

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I wrote this post as part of Write or Die Wednesdays.

WODW

  • http://www.thechroniclesofchaos.com Mia Sutton

    I am so glad you joined us! I love that your “top of the world” moment was literally on top of the world. 🙂 You have such a beautiful family. Kudos to you guys for hiking and spending quality time together outdoors.

    • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      I know! Our hiking trip fit so perfectly with the theme!

      Thank you so much, I sure think they are beautiful 🙂

  • SaltyBug

    Oh I can see how steep that hill was. I cannot believe you did that with a nursing baby!!! You deserve to feel on top of the world! We love to hike and be out in nature too. It is very special family time.

    • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Yes, we love being outdoors. Our best memories from the last few year have been camping trips and day trips to bodies of water. I can’t believe I did it with a nursing baby either!! And I’m going to try again. Just call me crazy, lol.

  • Betty Draper

    Bravo for you and your husband…those kids will remember that. We take our grandchildren on adventures, walking to a park or even to McDonalds. Our four year grandson loves to do this, Emaie, age 6, not so much. They tell everyone about these adventures. I just bought them small magnifying glasses so they can get a real close look at bugs, plants, excited to see their faces. That hike will build charecter so much better then a cartoon. again I say, bravo.

    • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Oh the magnifying glasses is a great idea, thanks for the idea! We have a bird field guide that I want to take next time as well, so my son can identify some of the birds we see. And yes, I totally agree that outdoor activities are so much better than tv. Thanks so much for commenting!

  • http://risforhoppit.uk/ Silly Mummy

    Well done you! Sounds exhausting but fun! Hope you reach the peak next time.

    • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Thanks! It was a lot of fun, and we ARE going to make it to the peak!! 🙂

  • MM

    Looks like quite a workout! I’ve been on plenty of those kinds of trails myself, and while it is exhilarating to reach the top, sometimes about half way up you wonder if it is worth it, lol! You did great to do this with a nursing baby and children! 🙂

    • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Oh yes, I was definitely wondering if it was worth it. I was worried about the way down being just as hard, but it was a piece of cake. Can’t wait to try again!

  • http://lifewithlorelai.com/ Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

    What a fun day trip! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we’re looking forward to what you have to share next week. 🙂

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

  • Terri Presser

    Wow you are amazing, well done and the view looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  • http://www.ashandcrafts.com Ash and Crafts

    What a fun family day! Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. Hope you’ll link up with us again next week. Sharing your post on Twitter!

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  • http://www.itsshellyscabaret.com/ Vashelle

    Good for you (and your family!). I’m not a big fan of unnecessary pain, so all props to you! Haha.

    I love how you were literally on top of the world, but the best part being that you were experiencing it with your family. It’s little (and big) experiences like that that the children never forget 🙂

    Thanks for linking up with us! I’m usually on top of my commenting game, but I’m currently moving cross-country (and ocean!) and am a little behind. Hope to see you for this week’s linkup!!

    -Shelly

    • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      How fun! A cross country move sounds very exciting.

      I didn’t make the link-up this week, but am hoping to next time. Have a great week and good luck with the move!

  • Melissa M. Miller

    It’s funny because I can’t stand working out, but I will walk or hike anywhere, anytime for hours on end. Once you get what it’s all about, that peaceful, serene, on top of the world feeling, you never want to turn back. I hope you’re able to enjoy it more and more!! Your post inspired me to plan some walks/hikes for myself this weekend, when nobody else is home!! Of course, Travis wants me to find a walking buddy, so I’ll have to do that.

    • http://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Yes, definitely too bad you weren’t closer or I would be your walking buddy 🙂 This is the first time I have hiked in probably about 20 years and I really enjoyed it. My hubby has been looking up all kinds of trails now to take us on.

      • http://keepingupwiththevines.com The Future Mrs. Vines

        I could really use a walking buddy. There are a few apps for finding trails. Since you have young children, you should try Geocaching, too. My teenage son loved it.

  • http://www.dontdareblink.com Don’t Dare Blink

    What a fun day! The views are incredible. Where we live is rather… flat. Ha!