Spring is FINALLY here! I can feel my spirit lifting and happy-go-lucky southern self returning. For the past four weekends we have taken Sabine hiking. Two 6.5 mile hikes, one 9 mile hike up a mountain and one short and sweet 3 mile Mama Baby hike. Usually Sabine and I hike with Daddy and she rides happily on his back in a Kelty hiking pack. The other weekend, though, Daddy had to work and the weather was just too pretty to stay inside so I struck out with Sabine in tow. We drove to Mt. Kisco to go to Target (the Bronx Target is completely insane on weekends) and to check out the Arthur Butler Nature Preserve.
The Preserve was just lovely. Varied terrain, nice tidy trails that were impeccably marked and QR codes as you went to read more about the area (sadly I could not scan them as I recently gave up my cell phone data plan but next time we’ll geek out with Daddy’s phone). Sabine and I consulted the map before leaving and decided to take the red trail out and then loop back on the yellow for a nice 3 mile round trip. Throughout the park there are tiny White Connector Trails if we needed to cut things short.
Sabine hiked the first 1/4 mile on her own, stopping here and there to collect rocks and sticks to put in her Sabine-sized bucket. This $1 bucket from Target is seriously one of the best purchases in a long time! It think it is meant for crafting and not really for playing because it is metal and very small, but the small size fits Sabine just perfectly. Most buckets are way too big for her to easily drag through the woods.
Here is a little video of her hiking. Excuse my loud annoying voice 🙂
We also paused for a picnic lunch – homemade maple almond butter and ligon berry sandwiches on homemade whole wheat bread, apples, protein muffins & crackers. Yum!
We had a special friend come along on the hike – kitty! This kitty was mine when I was a little girl. You can wind it up and it will spin the ball around. Sabine is OBSESSED with it and drags it all over the place. This would be kitties’ first hike in her 30 some years of existence
After a while Sabine ran out of hiking steam so I popped her in our soft pack (a Cat Bird Baby pack!) and we pressed on, inspecting things as we went.
Mt. Kisco is about 45 minutes north of NYC and the trees are a little behind ours as far as leafing out. The skunk cabbage was also a little smaller than what we have around us. I love seeing what subtle differences 45 minutes can make in the flora and fauna!
Sabine had so much fun on our hike and sang “walk walk walk” for quite a bit of it. Here is her sweet little voice singing walk walk walk as she rides in the carrier.
And last, but certainly not least, we have a great big rock that was just so pretty in striations and color!
Would you like to see regular posts about our hikes? I take photos and little videos of each one and keep little notes on what we thought of the trail. I’d love to share if you were interested, but do realize that not everyone gets excited about more photos of trees, rocks and skies. 🙂