Baby J loves the out-of-doors. So, do I. There is something about being in the open air and seeing something beyond the four walls of home. It feels good. Add that to a little exercise, and you have a win. We are always on the lookout for easy hikes/walks that will be suitable for two people of average physical fitness and a baby who rides along in the pack.
Yesterday, on a friend’s recommendation, we chose Jackson Lake near Wrightwood, California. Formed in the San Andreas fault by snow runoff, this small body of water provides a peaceful environment for families to enjoy fishing, canoeing, and easy hiking. Its approximate one-mile level path was perfect for us, just long enough to enjoy the excellent weather and beautiful fall colors.
As a child, I remember my mom telling us to go outside and get some fresh air. I’m not sure what her motive was but as an adult, I realize it makes you feel better. It helps change your perspective by giving you a new horizon to look at. In most cases, it serves as a positive distraction from the things not so positive in your life. I don’t think it matters whether it is the wilderness or in urban areas. You still receive benefit from being outside, breathing some fresh air, and getting a little exercise.
I have written a few posts about hiking. If you want to read more, try Urban Hiking, Sometimes You Just Want to Be Carried, and Constant Companions. I hope to post more easy hikes in the future as we find them. If you know of any, please do tell. We can’t wait to get outside again.