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I'm not hiking the Pacific Crest trail here, but hiking can be hard…then rewarding…then you add kids. It's something more then the surge of endorphins, fresh air and pretty destination at the end of a trail; it's so much more that makes us want to do it again and again.
I take the boys outside as often as I can. I always feel inspired and refreshed after I've spent time in nature. My personality and upbringing play a big part in that. Once my boys got old enough to walk and run on their own, I started taking them to nearby parks, and now I often take them on day trips to a nearby city or a new state park.
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Life is what happens in those in-between moments; those times between the chaos of work, school, and schedules. We want to foster a lifestyle that focuses more on these "life living" moments than our hectic to-do lists. Every month, Edward and I, along with our two girls, Olivia and Harper, take at least a few days to live our "real lives."
It's 8 a.m. and my son Lorenzo has just asked if we can go on a hike. My daughter Halona heard "go" and she has already brought me her shoes. With a big smile on my face, we all get dressed, have a small breakfast, pack a little backpack, and head out the door. I would be lying if I said this never happens. My little explorers often want to head outside as soon as they wake up. I don't blame them.
We reached the trailhead at about 6:30 a.m. and payed our $6 recreation fee. (Because of course my expensive State Parks Pass doesn't cover every recreation area.) We threw the baby in the pack and hit the trail with the intent of summiting. The trail was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! If you haven't been to the area, you really must spend some time exploring the scenery.