I have been stressing out big time about my physical state and what is to come on my adventures at the end of the month. Each chance I get for the next two weeks will be out hiking or walking with my pack on.
We love finding new places to explore and see in BC. One of our dreams is to have our family grow up with the love for the outdoors and adventure. One of our goals is to hike the West Coast Trail all together!
It is not an easy task when the hikes become more difficult that is for sure with the kiddos. But without building up we won’t ever improve. The ages of our children are 6 years, 4 years and an almost 3 year old. Right now when we go on most hikes our 3 year old is in a hiker and the other two are able to walk. Elizabeth has improved 100% since last year and I could not be more proud of her. She went from complaining and laying on the ground two steps in to being able to make it up and most of the way down.
This week we ventured to Vancouver and walked the earth of Quarry Rock, and what beautiful earth it was!
When we checked out the website for the trail it had said that is was rated an easy 3.8km, about 2 hours round trip. We have done 5km with the kids before so we did not think it would be much difficulity. However I would definately say that this was more of a moderate fitness level type hike, even for an adult. Lots of steps, up hill and roots and rocks to get over. If you have kids at a great fitness level or older ones this is a hike you will want to check out, the view is worth the work.
At one point we did end up going off the trail and ended up on another some how. Luckily it crossed again with the actual trail but it certainly made us think harder about what nescessities we need to add to our pack when we go out on an adventure together, especailly the ones we have not been too yet. We actually passed the below sign and the only things we did have was our cell phone, water, food and proper foot wear. Which seems like a lot but we were missing some major essentials if we were to run into trouble.
Next time we are going to make sure that we have a small First Aid kit which includes a flashlight, thermal blankets and some water tablets in case we end up getting really lost one night and have to spend an evening in the forest. Also always make sure you tell either family or friends where you plan on going for the day and give them a message when you are headed back home.
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