when nate and i first started dating we were pretty into hiking… he even proposed to me on a hiking trail! since we have lived in new york–and had kids–hiking has sadly fallen off our list of regular activities. this past memorial day weekend we were trying to figure out how to spend the day and we decided to take the kids on their first real hike! so, we packed some lunches, hopped in our zip car and headed out of the city…
after a nice little drive outside the city and up the palisades we arrived at the trailhead for our hike at buttermilk falls.
after about 10 minutes into the hike the kids were already asking how far we were going, talking about how steep it was and asking when we were going to rest. i am not exaggerating… we have some work to do on our little hikers. keep in mind, the whole hike, round trip, was only 2 miles!
nate made them each carry a backpack… much to their dismay. while all they had in the packs were their water bottles they still complained about the weight! he kept telling them that hikers hike with packs and they had to learn how to be a real hiker. (note, i was not carrying my pack and luckily they did not call me out on that!)