Baby's First Hike

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen that our little guy went on his first hike! In an attempt to check off some of our 'summer items' and to practice traveling with baby, we decided to head out to the McKenzie River on Saturday for a little adventure.

In life with a newborn, things rarely seem to happen on schedule, so you just have to roll with it. The manfriend was up early to watch the Tour de France, get our busted old washer ready to be picked up, give the dog a bath, and swing by the bike shop. In the mean time, I got Henry and myself ready for the day. Just as we were about to leave, Henry woke up from his nap and was ready to eat. Cue 30 min delay...

By the time we left the house it was noon, but it was Saturday, so who really cares?

I think I mentioned this before, but Henry does not like being strapped into his car seat. Luckily, he only fussed for a few minutes before falling asleep for the entire two hour drive!

We got to a parking area along the river, changed his diaper, plopped him in the Ergo, and set off on our hike. Saturday was warm (in the 90s) and with a little movement and a cozy environment, Henry went right back to sleep for another hour while we hiked.

It felt really good to be a bit more active and spend some time on the trails, even if I wasn't running. We also saw a bunch of mountain bikers on the trail. Someday, someday...

I really expected the little man to wake up and be hungry along the hike (he eats every 2-3 hrs typically), but we made it back to the car where I finally had to wake him up to feed him.

The car ride home was a little less enjoyable, but he did manage to sleep about half of it. As a reward for our hard work, we stopped at the nearby general store for "chicken on a stick" for the manfriend (basically flavorful fried chicken) and a huckleberry ice cream cone for me. 

The rest of the day involved a lot of couch sitting and staying indoors where it was cool. Overall, I'd say our trip was a success and I'm crossing my fingers our next road trip will go just as smoothly. 

What's on your summer to-do list? 

Everyone keeps saying that we should take advantage of these first three months when the baby is really portable and can nap almost anywhere, so we're trying to do some fun summer things while we can. Things like: visiting breweries, going to Bend, camping, dinners out, and random little road trips.


Leigh said…
It definitely takes more time, planning and flexibility to go out with a newborn, but the fresh air and being out of the house are so worth it! Glad it went well for you guys :)
Amber said…
Fun! That looks like a great time! I have heard from multiple people that it takes much more time to get out with a newborn but they all always say it's worth it! Hopefully he likes his carseat a bit better as he gets older!
Looks like you had fun! I think it is great that you are taking advantage of Henry being portable friend has a 1.5 yr old and a 4 year old and now we can only go places where the 4 year old can walk. Otherwise we would have to carry her!
That is awesome that you got to take Henry on his first hike! I bet it felt great to get some fresh air and be active in an area you love. I am glad that the trip went pretty smoothly, too. Hopefully that gives you some more confidence to do more hikes like that!

I didn't make a bucket list this summer but a couple of things I want to do is go canoeing with Phil one night and paddle boarding with friends some afternoon.
Jessica Jarrell said…
Little Henry is too cute! How cool he got to go on his first hike, and that he behaved so well! :)

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