Venturing beyond our own backyard has become the cornerstone of our plans this summer after more than a year of me being home from work. Breaking up the days at home can be done with morning coffee dates, afternoon walks or beach dates and visits to other friends’ houses. However, the redundancy of the days can begin to wear on a person. Mother’s work is not easy, I’ve come to know. There is certainly much to celebrate in the minutia of the every day with a baby, and while we love our home, a change in scenery helps us to renew our appreciation for that. As a couple who enjoys experiencing new things together, we look forward to sharing this with our children.
Where’d we go?
Ditching the every day of our lakeside life, we took to the road and headed toward the Scenic Caves Nature Adventures in Blue Mountain. At Scenic Caves you can explore the trails, caves and caverns carved out of the mountain millions of years ago by glacial ice. Once the home and fortress of the “Deer Tribe” of the Petun First Nations people, this area is rich in history, with lore and history posted along the self-guided tour. Situated at the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment, there are many lookouts providing a view of Georgian Bay. Here is also southern Ontario’s longest suspension bridge at 420′. Scenic Caves offers a Guided Eco Adventure Tour with treetop canopy and zip lining, but we had to draw the line somewhere. Unfortunately for me, zip lining with a baby got cut.
We went where with a baby?
I hear you. Embarking on nature adventures where running or hiking shoes are mandatory may not sound like something to enjoy doing with a baby. However, I encourage you to push beyond conventional limits of life with a baby. Even if the outing proves challenging for you, the reward is in that you tried and lived to tell about it.
Hiking is a favourite pastime of ours, and walking in nature is something our baby (ahem, one year old) is comfortable with. Finn always seems to enjoy the ride on my back in the Ergo Baby carrier. So, bringing him on the self-guided trail and exploring the caves didn’t seem daunting to us.
Meeting the needs of our little guy was easily done on this kind of an adventure. We could explore at our own pace and stop when we needed. The paths through the forest weren’t as heavily travelled as some of the boardwalks through the caves. This made the forest an ideal place to stop and feed or change Finn when necessary.
How can you manage an adventure of your own?
Taking the time to map out your day, allow realistic timelines, and pack everything but the kitchen sink is the best way to manage a trip like ours. Before we wisely packed enough snacks and avoided overburdening our timeline, we made many an ill-prepared venture. You can read about our learning curve here.
I’m grateful we learned the lesson of being prepared, because this day went smoothly and we were all able to make new memories together in celebration of Finn’s 1st birthday.
What are some adventures you took young children on? Have any suggestions for our next trip?