|The Minx and I out and about (Easter 2010)|
Since we have had the children, our adventures on the long, dirt trails have been few and far between. We still managed some day hikes when Nugget was little (the Geege wore him in a baby carrier backpack) and when Doo Dah came along too (we had our matching kiddie backpacks then). But when two became four, things got tricky. Really tricky.
Nugget was still too young to walk far on his own (3;8) and Doo Dah was definitely not taking to the trails with any level of enthusiasm (he was all of two). We managed a couple of very short walks; the boardwalk types that we used to scoff at. Each baby in a Baby Bjorn and Doo Dah catching a piggy back ride with the Geege. We were desperate!
The good thing about our persistence with getting out with the kids is that they each love the bush. They come alive, exploring every nook and cranny, in search of adventure. They ogle and admire the plant and animal varieties. You never have to ask them twice if they want to go for a bushwalk!
Yesterday, the Geege was busily working at the store but the sun was shining. The lure of the gumtrees was strong for me. I spent my early morning run time taking a stroll through the local scrub. It was a tease more than a fix.
I haven't lead the kids on a bush walk without my other half before. I have always worried that someone would refuse to walk and I would be stuck somewhere with too many tired kids.
But I took a chance and after the twins had their day sleep, I packed them into our off-road pram and hit the road with all the kids.
We ventured through the back streets and onto a local fire trail. As soon as we arrived, the twins got out and walked, the boys ran and laughed and giggled and sprinkled the hour with 'look at that Mummy' and 'check this out (enter name of sibling)', racing off the track and into every puddle they could find. Princess Dirt was slightly less interested but muddled along, holding her Mummy's hand. It was exhilerating!
It may not be the same as the adventures that the Geege and I had before we became parents, but it so wonderful to watch other people fall in love with the bush. I think it is one of the best gifts we have given our children.
Have you tackled a family bushwalk? What tips do you have for young players?