I used to hike a lot. There were months where my husband and I were off hiking, camping, exploring every weekend. Of course, this was all done before we had our boys. I really miss it.
We do family hikes more often than most families I know. We really try to get our boys out and about, it makes all of us feel great. But, there is a lot of preparation, responsibility and exhaustion that comes with hiking/camping with young kids.
So, I have longed to get out on the trail again, with just myself to worry about. A few weeks ago I decided that early June sounded like enough time for me to get in shape and hike the Bowl Trail to the top of Mount Baldy.
I sent out an e-mail to a few of my girlfriends (with young children themselves and whom enjoy a challenge) asking if anyone would be interested in joining me…I was met with an overwhelming response.
After a few weeks passed I realized that a pre-hike would be helpful not only to me but to everyone (we all need a fitness gauge). We decided on May 12th as our pre-hike, not everyone who is hiking with me in June could make it.
We hiked half of the trail we will soon complete. This brought us to the Sierra Club Ski Hut 2.5 miles up the trail. What a way to kick off Mother’s Day weekend.
The pre-hike was great. It felt so good to breathe in the thin fresh air. I have never hiked with just women before…it was an empowering new experience.
So, thank you mama friends for a great hike. I can’t wait to get to the top in a few weeks, the countdown is on…
Here are a few pictures from the trail.