Sunday, June 8, 2008

Hiking with the Bug

Since spending every Sunday on the golf course is really not in the cards for us these days, Joker and I had been talking about hiking as a way to get some weekend outdoor exercise while spending time with the Bug. To this end, we'd been looking forward to test driving the new hiking baby-pack we just received as a gift. So despite the temperatures soaring into the 90s this weekend, we went to nearby Devil's Den Preserve for our first family hike.

I'd highly recommend our pack: it is very substantial, but is surprisingly light. The Bug, however, tips the scales over 21 pounds... so Joker wore the pack. We hiked about 3 1/2 miles of the 20-mile trail system, and it was a great outing! The park is beautiful, and can provide a challenging enough hike for us to get a good workout. The trails wind through a beautiful hardwood forest, and we ended up near a picturesque little pond. The Bug was all grins with her high-up perspective on the world, and she even fell asleep near the end. We're definitely planning on more of these outings in the weekends to come!

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