We have only lived in Northern California since about 2005 and, as such, are constantly still learning about fun things to do in the area.
As a kid, I did camping, hiking, and backpacking trips with my family. While Mr. Howard didn't go with his family, he did go with Boyscouts and loved it, as well. So we both knew we'd want to do that with our kids some day. Even when we were still dating, we did a few camping trips in fun locations (usually with a lot of offroading thrown in there!). We were brave a few years ago and went camping once with all three of the kids when the twins were two months old. I know. We're crazy. Here's the post about that. But beyond that one trip, we really haven't ventured out to do those things because we've been in, - well - survival mode with three kids all under four. Ahem.
But, now that the twins are two, we are starting to add in some of the things we used to do! We have decided to get out our traveling books and take weekends and day trips to all the places in the area we can possibly visit and I thought I'd document some of those in a series of Northern California Adventures.
First up? A family day hike (it took us about 2-3 hours) in Auburn at Hidden Falls Regional Park. It was the PERFECT hike for adults and kids. Aiden and Isabella are still too little to hike it by themselves, but Connor at four-years-old was perfect! He did the whole 4 mile hike by himself and only asked to be carried at the very end (which wasn't going to happen, since hubby and I were already carrying the babies on our backs...and were very tired!).
We have a Kelty Kids Pathfinder we bought when we took Connor to Europe and a Baby Trend Backpack carrier a friend gave us when we found out we were having twins. Aiden went in the kelty and Izzy went in the baby trend. Hubby also stuffed a CamelBak hydration pack into his kelty. The chord is the perfect length for Connor to drink without having to be lifted up and I could just occasionally hike next to Mr. Howard to give Isabella some drinks without having to stop or carry a bunch of water bottles. We've had our hydration pack for years and love it!
We had so much fun and already have plans to go back in September with some friends! Do you have any tips for hiking that you've found work?