Saturday, December 5, 2009

Walk #339: Can You Out Hike a 4th Grader?

Kylie (aged 9 and 3/4) was kind enough to hike down the Canyon with me today..

I showed her the bear track I found this morning...

And we hiked down to the bottom of the Canyon. Kylie said: "This is the best hike ever!"

Angel came along and had a swim in the Feather River...


And Grady, one of my neighbor's dogs, came along for a hike and a swim too!

We spent about an hour climbing the rocks on the bottom of the Canyon. We let the dogs swim. Had a rest...

And then we climbed the leg quivering, heart racing Canyon back to our home. Took 1 hour and 7 minutes to climb back up the Canyon. Not too bad, considering that the dogs ran off (doing doggy things and getting into some bear scat for a treat). Kylie was a trooper!

I told Kylie, as she huffed and puffed up the trail, that if you enjoy hiking, you will have one of the cheapest and most thrilling hobbies that you can enjoy throughout your whole life!

5 comments:

Woodswalker said...

What great companions to bring along on a hike! Don't you wish you had the energy of kids and dogs?

Ian Woofenden said...

No biking for me today, but about 6 hours of dragging branches out of old piles and pushing them through a chipper, so I got worn out and sweaty enough. We chipped 3 dump truck loads, and cleaned up the chipping backlog. Now we're rich in chips, and have more space. Back to the bike in the morning. It's chilly here, and windy.

Tim Koppenhaver said...

You're lucky to be so close to such a beautiful canyon. And you're advice to your daughter is right on. Hiking is a great lifelong hobby. Inexpensive too, except for the chocolate milkshake I crave after every hike. (One of my strange habits that I can't seem to break.)

Allan Stellar said...

Woods...oh yes I do...

Ian, oh the joys of manual labor. Under-rated. After all these years "off grid" do you consider yourself to live as you do?

Allan Stellar said...

Tim,

At least you've earned that chocolate shake. Funny, my desires after such a hike tend to be more of the adult beverage variety... :)