Yesterday we went on a family hike at Garrapata State Park. I carried Eliza for half of the hike. We got this Deuter Kid Comfort II child carrier from REI. It was perfect timing because I’ve been wanting it for about a year now but was afraid we wouldn’t use it enough to justify the $240 price tag. But now that I’m doing this hiking challenge, I knew I wouldn’t be able to complete it without some way to carry Eliza on the longer and more difficult hikes.
We were going to wait until May when REI has their anniversary sale with a 20% any item coupon, but as fate would have it, it’s on clearance!!! It’s currently 25% off at $177.73. Eliza didn’t complain the entire hike, which surprised me since she loves to run. So it must be comfortable.
This is another hike that requires some adult help with so many little ones. Shane had to help Charlotte most of the way. Making sure she didn’t trip or fall down a cliff.
And then we had to piggy back her the last half of the hike. After we switched kids and I was piggy backing her she said, “Mommy, I so tired.”
And I’m thinking “You’re so tired?!!”. Apparently she said the same thing to Shane when he was carrying her.
Caleb and Ana did great! You can see here how it could be a dangerous hike for little ones. There’s no way we could have done this last year when Ana was 3. I think you definitely need one adult per child 3 and under for this hike. And even then, that would depend on the kid. I suspect Ana is slightly more agile than the average 4 year old.
The kids started to get tired and grumpy about half way through and there is, unfortunately, no convenient place to stop for a break and snack. So we just stopped along the trail.
Caleb is getting a safety lesson from Dad. You can never have too many safety lessons. Especially since we have to be so focused on the girls, we need to be able to count on Caleb to be as safe as possible.
After our break, the kids were reenergized enough to climb to the summit of the hill. It was strenuous for Ana but not too bad since it’s a short way. It was beautiful yet somehow disappointing too. I’m not sure if it was because the mountain is so brown and sad looking. Maybe it will look different after we’ve had a few good rains.
I’m not sure if you can tell, but I took my Nikon with us. I usually take all of my pictures with my iPhone. I had a lot of fun taking pictures. I’ll probably try to bring it along on more hikes.
This is hike #97 from my Monterey Hikes list.
Hiking distance: 1.8 miles round trip
Hiking time: 1 hour
Elevation gain: 200 feet
Exposure: open coastal bluffs
Hiking buddies: The entire family (minus Coco)
Would you do it again? Maybe when the kids are older.
What would you do differently? Not walk along the highway on the way back.
Best for… Adults and older kids.