Baby Hiking Adventures

Sunday was such a fun day! It has been too hot lately to spend a ton of time outdoors, so when it was finally a tiny bit cooler and less humid on Sunday (relatively, anyway), Matt and I knew we had to take advantage. Hiking it was!

We picked up this women’s fit hiking backpack with baby carrier at a yard sale recently (score! it’s Kelty brand but no idea what model since it’s old) and I’ve been really excited to try it out. (We have a bigger men’s fit one for Matt as well that was a hand me down from a friend, so next time he’ll give that one a shot!)

We decided to hit the trails in Bull Run Regional Park near Clifton, VA.

It was so nice to be out in nature! Riese really enjoyed it, too – and as I mentioned on Instagram, she also enjoyed being in the perfect position to pull my hair… please tell me the hair pulling phase doesn’t last long? :)

Hair pulling aside, we had a lot of fun out there. We probably hiked about 1.5 hours and by the end my shoulders were starting to hurt and Riese was getting a little fussy, but overall it was great fun! And a great workout – hiking uphill with a baby strapped to you is no joke!

hiking baby carrier best

Also, for my hiker/trail runner readers, I wanted to mention that I am loving the Brooks Cascadia trail shoes! Brooks offered me my choice of shoe to review this month (as part of my ongoing Run Happy Ambassadorship with the brand) and I decided it would be fun to mix it up with some trail shoes vs. running shoes. I love their other trail shoes (especially the PureGrit!), but had never tried the Cascadia before. I loved them – really comfortable with great grip, and they felt very sturdy but not heavy. You will be seeing a lot of these in the future anytime we are out hiking! Thank you Brooks!

brooks cascadia trail shoe

After our hike, we decided to head into the tiny, adorable town of Clifton for lunch. I love Clifton – it’s basically two blocks and so cute. We had lunch at a little coffee shop + creperie called Clifton Cafe, and both started with side salads (loved the lemony vinaigrette, and the addition of chopped dates) and whole milk iced lattes.

clifton cafe lunch

The main event was, of course, crepes! We both went savory – Matt had a chorizo and hash crepe and I went for their crepe stuffed with chicken, goat cheese, artichoke hearts, spinach, and lemon aoili. It was super savory, rich, and sooooo good. I crushed it.

clifton cafe lunch crepes

Here’s a funny behind the scenes/real life shot – Riese is in a very grabby phase right now and eating out with her is a bit chaotic! At least she was going for Matt’s sunglasses vs. a knife/fork (those had already been moved away from her multiple times, ha). ;) We took turns baby holding and eating because Riese was not down to hang out in her stroller while we ate – whatever works!

After we finished, we put Riese in the stroller and as soon as it started moving she conked out. We decided to walk around and explore for a bit to let her sleep, and then ended up at the cute ice cream shop in town just for fun. We shared a huge mint chocolate chip cone that hit the spot!

clifton ice cream shop

We were all exhausted by the time we got home but it was worth it – such a fun family adventure. :) We can’t wait for a lot more hiking adventures this fall!

Have a great day guys, and I’ll see you back here on Thursday with a grill-friendly salad recipe you won’t want to miss!

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  1. 1

    Amazing! Violet is a connoisseur of fork and knife throwing everywhere we go. Glad she’s not alone. Lots of noise for the folks around us. Love it.❤️

  2. 3

    All the phases go fast! Hiking as a family is a fav for us. My 7 and 8 year olds are awesome hikers. We started when they were small and kept at it. There were some unpleasant hikes along the way but it was worth it! They both hiked a very tough 7.5 mile hike this summer and were total troopers. All to say – keep it up and get your little one on her feet when she is ready! It is very rewarding!

  3. 5
    Gina O McCune says

    I wear a regular baseball type hat while hiking and put hair in a bun, so it is a lot harder to pull and most is hidden. This seems to work well for us!

  4. 7

    That ice cream cone looks delicious! I cannot wait for this humidity and rain to truly break so I can finally get some good NJ/NY hikes in.

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    TrackBuddy says

    Love it – what a great adventure + fun times in Clifton! Those crepes & ice cream are inspiring me….

  6. 9

    Seeing your savory crepes reminds me of the AMAZING crepes I ate while traveling in Europe last month!! So delicious :)

  7. 11
    Roadrunner says

    Looks like an awesome outing – and love the pictures of smiley baby Riese! Nicely done!

  8. 12

    Those crepes sound and look amazing!

  9. 13

    Aww what a cutie! She seems to have lots of big smiles in the hiking backpack- adventure girl!! :)

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