Solo +2 Hike
We started small. Tested the waters and my planning skills (there is always something I forget) . Today we went on our first solo (parent) hike with two kids. Milo, Co, and I ventured into a local forest for a micro hike. I was feeling brave and the weather was cooperating (sunny but not hot). I packed the backpack full of snacks, baby supplies, the Helinox chair, and the Kammok for a picnic. Sunscreen was applied before we left the house. Bug spray was forgotten.
Despite the Iron Man sweat band that Co made me wear, the mosquitos were not affected by my momma super powers. Next time I will remember the citronella. Co whined about the regular toddler topics but had fun balancing on logs over streams and throwing rocks. Milo was a champ and stayed asleep for the forty-ish minute adventure (thank goodness!). Our forest picnic ended up taking place in the wilderness of the local rec centre where I was promising Co a post-hike preschool gym session. So the heavy backpack I carried served more as a training exercise than making use of any of the items inside it. Nevertheless, I proved to myself that it can be done. I can Solo it with my boys. And if I can do it for forty minutes I can do it for longer (with or without Iron Man's assistance).
At the preschool gym I was reminded by a mom that Milo is only 3 weeks old and that I should take it easy... My body feels good, my spirit needs the adventure (and nature time), and I was never one to "take it easy". But I will take it day-by-day. I am fully aware that the struggle of two, the toddler attitude, and the newborn roller coaster will make some days more in-line with couch surfing than adventuring. On those days I'll try not to be too hard on myself.