Last weekend, we had such great weather in our area! Now that it’s summer, we like to have lots of activities for Remy to do and to experience. But sometimes, it’s sooo humid that we end up going to the library to play or to the pool to cool off. Lately, we’ve been having milder temperatures, so we decided to change up our weekends and take Remy for his first hike!
Chris and I looove hiking! We actually backpacked about 40 miles of the Appalachian Trail over 4 days and 3 nights a couple of years ago. It was a great experience and we can’t wait to have Remy come along with us when he’s older.
For Remy’s first hike, we went to a state park that was about 10 minutes away from us. From a nature center, a playground, campsites, to hiking trails, the state park is an awesome way to get to know nature!
Before you go into the wild, make sure you protect everyone from bugs, especially those pesky mosquitos. For Remy, we covered his arms and tried to cover his head and neck with a hat, but he didn’t keep it on! For the adults, we used Murphy’s Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Mosquito Repellent Spray, which is plant-based and DEET-free. As a crunchy mom, you know I love that! Not to mention the refreshing scent. I tend to attract more mosquitos than my husband (cause I’m way sweeter), but we both use this stuff and it keeps those insects away for 6 hours!
Since we were not doing a major hike, we used our LÍLLÉbaby Complete All Seasons Baby Carrier for Remy. We love that it has great lumbar support and has breathable mesh so we stay cool, no matter if we’re hiking or shopping!
The Nature Center was full of great information on nature, the woods, and animals you would find in the forest! This was a perfect sensory activity for Remy as he got to feel the different coats and furs. He was a little scared at first. 🙂
Remy was amazed by the forest and was always looking up in wonderment at the trees and the leaves.
Juggernaut, our English bulldog, also came for the hike and he enjoyed his outside time. He actually got a great deal of attention as there was a kid’s birthday party near the playground!
Even though our hike was pretty short (definitely no 40 miles), we think Remy and Juggernaut enjoyed it! We hope to raise Remy where he will appreciate and respect Mother Nature.
Do you enjoy hiking or being outdoors? I recommend checking out your state’s natural resources websites or find a trail near you at https://www.alltrails.com/. Chris and I grew up in the area we live now since we were children, but we had no idea that we had such great ways to experience nature that are so close to us! I mean, in all the hustle and bustle of our lives, we can forget all of the stress and just walk in the woods, holding hands with nothing but the wind in our hair! What do you enjoy doing outdoors? I would love to hear what you and your family enjoy doing when the weather is nice outside!