For my last day as a mom of three year olds I decided that we should all get outside. Like most families, I am the planner (a.k.a. instigator) of many of our weekend activities. We had glorious weather here in the Northwest and I wanted to take advantage of that. The Boulder River Trail near Darrington, Washington, is in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. About a mile in there’s a cool twin waterfall so of course we needed to check it out. It wasn’t as easy as it’s written up to be, probably because we aren’t real hikers – our hiking gear included glitter shoes and teddy bears. Really.
It took about 90 minutes and we were all beat afterwards. We did have some meltdowns and some very out-of-place whining (sorry forest creatures!) but we managed the two miles fine. I think getting outside airs out the mommy’s soul, and I’m especially proud that my twins light up every time I ask them, “Do you want to go for a hiking walk?” Now there’s a legacy to leave, right? A love of nature and the confidence to just go there.
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