Hiking, Toddler Style

Beautiful weekend, an extra day, we didn’t labor much all Labor Day weekend so we were ready for a nice hike at Chautauqua in Boulder, Colorado. We were prepared–oodles of sunscreen, shoes with good tread, water bottles for each person, a collapsible potty, a camera and some cute mountain gear. Come on, I’m a Style Coach. Of course we need cute gear, nothing too granola-like for our quick jaunt up the flatirons! I was even wearing a grecian-style Theory tank top–the jersey knit was comfortable and cool and much more chic than a plain tee or sports top.

One parent to another, it’s not really a workout. But it’s a great diversion and pretty low stress. Encourage your kidlets to look for bugs, listen for sounds, find sticks, choose which flower is their favorite color, take pictures, and overall run, jump and play along the way. They love it and you get a real breath of fresh air and maybe even a few minutes to talk to your spouse about the view. And since you’re toting the potty, encourage them to load up on water along the way. That little blonde boy on his Dad’s shoulders was sipping away at Dad’s Camelback as they hiked up.

And then…the best payoff.

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