the familia that hikes together.......

May 14, 2014

Gets eaten my a bear together? Okay that's kind of morbid, but I never really thought about bears until moving to Alaska. In the summer we hike A LOT, like almost everyday. If the husband gets home at a decent time (meaning before 8pm) we usually try and get a hike in. The sun is out till well passed 10pm so plenty of time to get the kids good and tired for bedtime. Gotta pick your battles, and bedtime wars are not my fav.
This particular hike we headed out to the Eagle River Nature Center. This is definitely one of our favorite places to take the kids. A little side note, for people visiting Alaska or even people like us who have lived here a little bit and didn't know this, you can buy a parking pass for $40 at REI or various other places. Almost all the trails that have parking lots charge a $5 fee. Those tend to add up if you hike as much as we do. Clearly we did not know about this last summer....but now....its on!
Hiking with kids is always an adventure in and of itself. They have tons of questions about the things around them. They like to veer off the designated path and attempt to give their mother a heart attack by hiding behind a tree or something. If you happen to be Pierce you like to take a more in depth look at nature and lick everything you see. 
Avalon hikes in style, only to be carried by her knight in gray hiking pants- good old daddy-o! Seriously this back pack thing is the best investment we have made so far. It has everything, and so much storage for all the other things required to hike with my high maintenance children!!
Let me take a moment to introduce you to my husband. His name is Christopher and he has a wish to contract some flesh eating disease. I swear this man gives me an ulcer every time we go hiking. This time he wanted to try out his new nifty "water purifying straw". Basically get some water out of which ever natural resource you choose, insert straw, drink. Get sick and puke. Okay I made that last part up, but I just can't with the water straw. 
And what would an outing be with Pierce if he didn't throw at least five tantrums? Well, it wouldn't be an outing at all. His classic lines are "mom my leg is broken" "mom I got a bug bite" "mom my hand is dirty I going home" "mom the wind blew on me" "mom it too bright out here". I could go on forever. 

But it feels soooooo good to get out and soak up some sun and fresh air. We have to get it all in now because summer will be gone before we know it. How's that for glass half full? huh?


*super side note- I get a lot of questions and emails about what there is to do in Alaska with young kids. I will try and post about the more kid friendly hikes and adventures we go on. I know it can be difficult to do a whole lot of things with small children especially multiple kiddos. But allow my trial and errors to work to your benefit :)











16 comments:

  1. Wow that is gorgeous! Who wouldn't want to go out and stare at that beauty every day!

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  2. We've loved hiking a lot here in Sicily because there's a big green valley right behind our house. We picked it just for that reason! It's been great to do this as a family every week or so, and I know it feels my husband's soul. Your pictures are gorgeous, as is your spirit of adventure!

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    1. Thank you so much! Such a sweet comment!!

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  3. ahahahaha flesh eating disease!

    But for real, do you carry anything for protection against bears!?

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  4. Hahaha okay, that picture to the right of the one where your husband filling up the water bottle in the creek...it totally looks like a Grey Goose bottle, no?? I had to take a triple look to confirm that is was just a water bottle!

    Pierce's excuses sound like my excuses when I don't want to work out ;)

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  5. Hahahaha "gets eaten by a bear together" best statement ever! lol.

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  6. Man, I'm not a fan of nature but it sure is beautiful out there!

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  7. These are great pictures!! Looks like y'all had an awesome time!

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    1. So fun!!! What are some of your favorite hikes? We haven't been to kincaid in awhile, thinking we might go there soon.

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  8. What an adventure!! I'm in the mid-west where the weather is a tad bit crazy...we can need the fireplace on one day and the very next day need the air....any time we can get outside and soak up the fresh air is a bonus!! Lovely photos!!

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    1. Thanks Christina! The weather is a little unpredictable up here too, but when we do have I nice day we spend it all outside :)

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  9. I can see that when Alaska is not the frozen tundra that it is known for...it's actually GORGEOUS!

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    1. Totally! Gorgeous, so so gorgeous!

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  10. Gorgeous photos, I love the Eagle River Nature Center trails! Pierce's comments are hilarious, although I'm sure not so much at the time ;)

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    1. Oh no, totally funny in the moment. He pulls the same thing every time, with the same one liners. haha!

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  11. I have never been to the Grand Canyon, but can't wait to. What an amazing experience. outdooradventureview.com

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