Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Yucky, Mucky First Steps -by Kara Richardson

Yucky, Mucky First Steps

Last weekend it was supposed to be 60 degrees, a balmy mid-winter day here in New Jersey, so I decided it was time for a hike. I had been building up to this for some time. This wasn’t just any hike. This would be our first hike together as a family of four. My husband Chris and 4-year-old daughter Anna welcomed a new addition to our family – Emily Rose -- in November. This would be Emily’s first hike -- ever.

I strayed from hiking while pregnant even though it is really my favorite thing to do. I’ve hiked Kilimanjaro three times to raise money for AIDS orphans. Still, I wasn’t fond of the uneven ground and my loss of balance while carrying a baby in my belly so I stuck with prenatal water fitness, the elliptical trainer and flat walks. (Yawn).
But now as I look to new adventures, such as Crater Lake and Machu Picchu which I hope to conquer soon, it was time to get moving.

Well, it wasn’t 60 degrees on the morning of our hike. It was barely 40 with a thick fog. But I had packed a bag the night before with water, granola bars, changes of clothes and diapers (now that I’m a mother of two I feel like I’m always packing bags of some sort) and I was bound and determined to go. So we went, with Emily in the Ergo Baby carrier.

Watchung Reservation was spooky with all the fog but once we started hiking the woods welcomed us. It felt great to get out of the house after weeks of feeling shut in with the weather and being a new mom.  The mucky, yucky ground squished under my boots. My older daughter delighted in going over bridges and stepping around (and sometimes in) puddles. Emily slept through the whole thing. We were on the right path.

There is something so wonderful about taking first steps, even if they are on a cold mucky day. What kinds of first steps will you take this month?

Happy Trails!

Kara Richardson Whitely is the author of Fat Woman on the Mountain, is a plus-size adventurer. You can follow her journey, which includes three hikes up Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, at  and on Twitter @fatwmnonthemtn.

Happy Trails, Kara Richardson Whitely 

Twitter: @fatwmnonthemtn

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