Often treasures are found on paths unexpected, aren’t they? Our whole family has really been in need of an adventure together. It has been quite a while since we have dressed in layers, packed some food and headed out. Our original plan was to head to Capilano Suspension bridge, but time was a factor so we decided to find some where more local. Tourism Surrey re-tweeted an article from BC Magazine show casing 6 local parks in the Surrey area, which you can find here. We decided to check out Blackie Spit Park as we have never been before.
What a gem it was and we didn’t even get a chance to go on any of the trails. We headed to the beach area first and along the way we discovered some hidden shells with uplifting and inspiring messages on them. They were hidden most of the way down the path. The kids had a blast finding each one and it became some what of a competition, welcome to the Grochowski way everyone
One of my passions is photography and I loved how creative all the shells were and wonderfully painted and placed. It was the perfect opportunity to get the camera out and capture these treasures as we walked along.
After we had our fill of exploring the beach and finding all the shells, we nestled down to have some hot soup, strawberries and a little word from God.
It was quite an overcast day but nearing the end of our stay the sun started to peak out a little and the fog across the water lifted where you could get a glimpse of the staggering skyscraper buildings of Vancouver City. By this time the kiddos had stuffed their bellies and were ready for round two in running down to the waters edge, jumping rocks and collecting shells.
Tips for getting out and taking an adventure with your family!
1.) Plan ahead as much as possible. Our children range from age 5 to 2 so being prepared as to where we are going, when we want to leave and making sure we have the appropriate clothing, equipment handy before we head out always has helped it make a smoother morning.We love purchasing from MEC. The quality of outerwear is outstanding! We don’t mind paying a little extra for better quality and Jon is amazing at finding the clearance sales when they happen online.
2.) Having a back up plan in case the morning isn’t going well and time is running short, depending on your day. I had kept that article in the back of my mind since reading it so when our morning became a bit crazy I had a second place to look at to see where we could head to.
3.) Because we are still in the colder season make sure you have mittens, toques and insulated clothing for everyone. If they end up getting hot you can just de-layer but if they are cold and you have nothing it makes for some very unhappy, whining kiddos.
4.) Some good food! I don’t know about you but having great food on an adventure even if it turns out to be pouring rain, always makes a huge difference. We try to pack fruit, veggies, either sandwiches or hot soup, Cliff bars, trail mix, warm tea or hot chocolate and chips.
5.) Try not to stress out! That is the worst thing you can do on an adventure. If the kid falls in the mud, let them fall. Adventures are all about exploring and getting messy. Bring a change of clothes for them to change into if you know your child will be the one to fall into the water or mud.
Now go have an adventure! What are some hidden gems that you have come across in your travels?