I’m game for trying almost anything, especially if it’s an activity for my kids. This past week, I read an article in Parents Magazine about this nationwide group called Hike it Baby. It’s basically a group of parents who get together on different days and go hiking. At the end of the article, I was given a website where I could go and find local groups. I went there, found one, joined the Facebook page, introduced myself and agreed to go on our first hike with the group today.
My boys love being outdoors and I love finding a way to mix in exercise with our day-to-day routines since I’m having a terrible time losing weight. We’ve hiked on numerous occasions at Paris Mountain, and the boys are constantly asking me to go again. Thanks to this overbearing heat, we haven’t been able to make it out to hike during the summer. Well, I won’t blame it just on the heat…I do worry about snakes as well. YUCK!
I packed us up this morning and we headed out to Lake Conestee Nature Park in Southern Greenville County. We were told to meet at the playground, but when we arrived I must say my stomach began to turn. Perhaps it was the smoothie I made this morning (my husband and I are on a cleanse. Stay tuned for a blog on that), or just the oppressive humidity, but really it was the immense number of moms who were already there.
When I was younger, I enjoyed talking. I enjoy talking now, but just with people I know. I’m not very good at meeting new people, nor am I very good at chit chat, also known as small talk. For the sake of my children, I try very hard in this arena, but alas I’m just a colossal failure and I knew today would be a tough one.
We quickly gave a round robin, welcome where we introduced ourselves and our kids. First thing I noticed was all the moms and their baby packs. Davey was the oldest one there, and I’m pretty sure Henry was the second oldest. I know the group is called Hike it Baby, but I thought that also included toddlers and preschoolers. This should have been my sign to pack it up or go off on our own, but since I’d already introduced us, I knew it would look shamefully bad for me to leave.
The leader of the group took us down the path and yet another sign that this was not to be a good event seemed to flash in front of me. My children were not interested in staying with the group. Nope. My little rays of sunshine (sarcasm for those of you who DON’T know my children) decided to run. I wasn’t going to have any casual conversation with any of the other moms. Nope. I turned around to catch a glance of the moms and they all seemed to be paired off talking about the latest organic diaper or homemade food little junior was eating. I was the odd mom out. I’m pretty used to that.
Even with all of this, I decided to stick it out, but to say that we proceeded at an excruciatingly slow pace is an understatement. We walked a mile in 41 minutes, 27 seconds. That’s my pace for a 4 mile run and the pace for my kids to hike 3 miles. Then again, we don’t stroll and talk. We take our hiking a bit more seriously. I had hoped for this to be my opportunity to get in some exercise, but I don’t even think I burned 30 calories, much less got my heart rate up.
We finished up the hike, with me meeting ZERO parents, and climbed back in our car. The boys had fun and they want to do it again. Me? I’m game for that. The preserve was beautiful, the hike not too strenuous, and there’s 400 acres to explore. I just think we’ll go it alone the next time or perhaps with just one other friend.
I’m sure the group is wonderful, especially for those who are more outgoing than me and have children who don’t run around like wild banshees. They’re offering up the opportunity to hike a portion of Table Rock on Thursday and I think we may still do that and if it comes down to it, we’ll just go off on our own.
Davey is learning how to pose for photos from Aunt Erin.
If you’re interested in learning more about a Hike it Baby group near you, then google the name and find your closest location.