1 week ago
We had three goals today.
1. Drive the furthest we have in months, and see if our baby could manage four hours in the car in one day.
2. Get some nice family photos in the same place we got married.
3. Go on an easy 12km hike along a flat trail.
We thought we thought of everything. Our car was filled with snacks, toys, blankets, spare clothing, diapers, her bed, a speaker to play music while out of radio reception, camera gear, and a choice of hiking boots in case it was muddy or too deep or powder. It seemed a bit excessive but it was after all calling for six degrees which is positively balmy compared to last month's temperatures, but still an area in the mountains.
We were excited to take our daughter on this hike as for months we have had to bury Elena deep within the layers of our coats and scarves while hiking, unable to have her exposed since the risk of frost bite was too severe for too long. Warmer weather would be on our side and she could finally be out to experience our favourite thing: nature.
One problem. Actually, two.
The first was wind, a brutal, brutal wind that cancelled out any feeling of warmth.
Second, that warm weather indeed melted the snow, but the trail was sheer ice instead of mud or slush. Which, if we hadn't thought of literally every other detail possible and actually considered the trail conditions more thoughtfully we might have remembered our micro spikes.
But we didn't, and as we carefully navigated the ice a whole 500m from where we parked, we had maybe 10 minutes of enjoyment from our kid and then realized we had to turn around.
So, we had some success and some areas to improve on. She drove for four hours without crying. We did a 500m hike somewhere pretty. We might have thought we would be hiking a bit longer than 10min considering the effort to get there, but luckily, we know there's always time to go back.
Hopefully a little more prepared.