Lair O' The Bear
Last Friday we FINALLY made it to a small trail up in Morrison, Colorado to take the girls on their first hike, well, more like a light nature walk. Out of the stroller and baby carrier phase, we are now able to "hike" as a family which I am really excited about! I never really grew up hiking. It wasn't really until I was in my late teens, early twenties when I had friends who took me to places like El Dorado and Nederland to hike that I found I sort of liked it. However, growing up, my family did have property in Fairplay, Colorado so we grew up camping, like REAL camping, in a tent, actually I even made a fort which I slept in. We also went fishing out at Barre Lake, so I have always had some element of outdoorsy-ness I suppose, after all, I am a Colorado native so there's got to be something in my growing up that speaks to that! Now that I am a momma, I really want to try to expose my kiddos to nature in some way. They already love being outside best, and could spend all day everyday at a park or in the back yard, so "going on a hike" was the next big step!
Our neighbors across the street had told us about a spot in Morrison, Colorado called Lair O' the Bear. They have two small toddlers as well and mentioned it was nice and FLAT, also you could decide how far you wanted to venture in and able to make it back to the car in a timely fashion. There were picnic tables near the head of the trail, a couple bridges and it followed a stream so we could poke over there here and there to see it trickling and hear it burbling. Tehre was also an incredible climbing try along the path and of course we stopped to try it out too.
There were a couple wet spots along the trail which required some balancing and hopping across some slippery rocks. We were SO impressed with Miss Remy, leading the way across the first time, all by herself! Coming back she had a cracker in her hand and slipped and fell right on her tush. We had such a great fall afternoon together; I want to do more of that!
We stopped in Morrison at the Happy Cow for lunch and ice cream before heading home for naps. Hopefully we can make it out nature hiking again before it snows!