I pack up my bag, load up the pups into the truck and pick up my friend Sarah Burns over at Stop Nothing But Time for our first hike into the Willmore, I have been up here before hiking into Jasper National Park instead.
Its not long into our hike before I start to realize this will not only be an absolutely beauty of a day but I will learn a lot.
|Wild Hay River|
So what do I do? I plan a staycation!
After a few years of no extended time off work I was overdue
and looking forward to the time at home
I get my time booked off and start my planning
The list I have created for myself was much longer than I was expecting.
Finish cleaning out the junk left in the yard (I had started this a couple weeks prior)
and the list goes on…but you get the idea!
Will I plan another Staycation?
You bet. I was finally able to have the time to tackle some of those yard plans I had been thinking about for over a year. Which in the end made me realize that all the things I didn’t like about my yard where just things that I had not had the time to change. Its amazing how life gets away from us with the demands of day to day life.
Staycation 2015….wonder what I will tackle next
I hear parents all the time talk about how things change drastically with their children as they come into what we call the preteen years. I always told myself this won’t happen to us.
Boy was I wrong!!
At age 11, I get those moments when I look at her and realize to myself she is not a little child anymore, but turning into a young women.
Where did the princess dress go?
Back in June she took her babysitting course and while at the beach one night she walked herself into a babysitting job watching over a little boy from time to time so that mom can get some of her errands done! Next thing I know another mom I know is asking if she can babysit her little one.
So we pack up a few items she will need while babysitting and off we go.
Feeling a little nervous but keeping my cool, I reassure her that she’s got this and I am never very far if she needs me.
I’m FREAKING out
I am about to leave my baby with someone else’s baby!
Where the days of princess are dresses while fishing?
Or the Days when she liked to be in the outdoors with me?
Or even something as small as a genuine smile for the camera?
Now all I get is MOM DONT!!
So it’s with the knowledge and words of advice from other empty nesters that eventually you do get the little girl back that I arm myself with lots of patience and understanding to get thru the next few years
I GOT THIS!
|Sarah Burns from Stop Nothing But Time taking a moment to enjoy the view|
|Jax taking in the view|
|Chris enjoying everything this hike has to offer.
Her smile says it all
Spend the morning with two fabulous and inspirational women, Sarah from Stop Nothing but Time and Jax with her trusted companion Raya.
I decided to leave my entourage at home!
So what did we tackle …
Happy Creek Trail
This popular local trail is part of the Hinton Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) Trail system that connects directly to the Beaver Boardwalk.
|Liked the distance signage along the way|
|Looks like a nice place to test out our camp stoves for lunch!|
As this is primarily a Bike trail please use respect and yield to the bikers as they pass by
Trail Etiquette (taken from HMBA)
- Respect other trail users, pass with care and yield to pedestrians
- Leave no trace and pack out any litter
- Respect wildlife
- All terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motor bikes are not permitted on singletrack trails
- Stay on existing trails
- Dogs are permitted on trails but should be kept under control
- Avoid muddy trails to prevent trail widening and erosion
- Respect private land > Ask permission, leave gates as they are found
and hit any number of trails, whether you want to bike, hike, walk or run.I will definitely be using this trail to help me build up my strength and endurance for those bigger, longer hikes that are on my bucket list!
|And were off!!|
|Determined to get that photo of one of the first wild flowers of the season|
Into the great big world of Blogging I have finally decided to plunge!! After years of asking myself .. Do I have what it takes? I’ve given into the desire to try. Only time will tell now if I really do!
Here is where you will join me along my journey. I am a mother, wife, friend and work full time! I Love to be in the outdoors with my dogs and family exploring the beautiful surroundings I get the privilege to call home!
I look forward to seeing where this new journey of mine will take me!