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 :)