We decided to spend some family time on Saturday. So, we packed the four of us up in the Explorer and headed for the mountains.
We learned some valuable lessons on this excursion. First, we learned that when we are on a very strict time schedule (oh, the joys of having a newborn), it probably isn’t a good idea to “try out” a new spot to snowshoe at. Especially, when the spot doesn’t pan out because of there being tons more ice than snow; which then leads to a longer drive to the place we normally travel to.
The next, and MOST IMPORTANT, lesson doesn’t have to do with our little man; he was perfect. He slept through the entire hike, warm and cozy in the Ergobaby. This lesson was taught by Kona. We usually take Kona on our hikes. When we are on the trails we let her off her leash. She is great at staying with us and keeping to the trail. Well, last winter we learned that when she is in the snow and can’t see the trail, she does not stay with us. So, we have learned to keep her on a long leash. Zach thought it would be best for him to carry our little guy, while I handled Kona. This was not such a good idea. She is very strong, so along with her constantly pulling and making me fall, she also wrapped herself up in just about every tree/bush we came across.
The other problem was that this area had way more snow then the last time we were there; so, Kona was practically swimming through the snow. She would try to follow behind me, walking in my tracks. She would constantly step on the back of my snowshoe, causing me to fall. We were able to get in an hour hike or so, but we think next time Kona may need to stay home. Overall, we are still calling this trip a success. We got out of the house, enjoyed the mountains, and spent quality time as a family.