wow have times changed. before we had kids our weekends were spent hiking (a lot). we would wake up leisurely on a saturday, make some coffee, and then spend some time drinking our coffee and deciding where we were going to hike that day. the dogs always came. of course. and after our hike we would come home, relax, shower, order a pizza or maybe even go out to eat!, and spend the evening drinking beer and watching a movie. anyway, i miss hiking. when i'm pregnant i always find it hard to do anything terribly physical. i just get out of breath really easily, which makes anything semi difficult very hard for me. both summers that i was pregnant were not great as far as hiking goes. anything easy was no problem unless it was too hot, but anything exciting was really just not going to happen. when avery was a baby we bought a backpack for her and were so excited to get back to hiking. and then we discovered that she hated the backpack. after passing many people on the trail with our screaming baby we learned that most kids don't really like the backpack until they're a bit older. she loves it now, but that first summer with avery was a bit disappointing because we had to sort of readjust our expectations about what a successful hike was. successful is now nobody screaming their way up or down a mountain.
this weekend was finally going to be sort of nice weather-wise so we decided to get out and attempt a hike with two kids. i kept ellie in the ergo (lesson learned) and avery road in the backpack. we brought dunkin with us. he's finally, finally stopped limping and we figured this would be a short and easy hike and we'd see how he would do on it. he actually did fine for the first half and then you could see him start to slow down a lot. by the end it was pretty clear that he was hurting and he limped around a lot the rest of that day but seemed fine the next day. basically, he's just old. i think he's like 70 or more in human years, which means slow, easy, and short adventures are all he can really handle right now. still it was nice to have him. he's an awesome dog and avery was actually the one who insisted that we bring him. she kept telling him to watch out for bikes and was very concerned when he ventured too far ahead.
the hike was pretty quick, but had nice views of the flatirons, which are my favorite mountains to look at. we let avery get out a bit and run around and she loved it. she kept saying 'i'm hiking' and then climbed all over the rocks. when we put her back in the backpack on the way back she could barely stay awake. and the next day she kept asking to go hiking. unfortunately i think we'll have to wait for the weekends because i'm not quite sure how i could do it with two kids. hopefully spring will be hurry up and we'll have lots of warm weather to hike in. and next time i think we'll leave the dunk at home and bring crazy henry.