The kids and I have been craving a mountain adventure for a while now. Olive has been busy with swimming lessons for the past 2 weeks so we’ve been stuck hanging out in the city. I asked her what she wanted to do to celebrate her passing and surprise, surprise she wanted to go to Waterton.
We packed up the car and pick my bestie Rachel up along our way. Once we got to the park we decided to attempted Bears Hump. While it’s a short hike it is strenuous, but the view from the top is unbelievably breathtaking.
The key to hiking with littles is, patience, treats, and more treats. Our hike started great, Olive was just wanted to go go go and was annoyed when she’d have to wait for Kevin and I to cath up. They climbed every rock and fallen tree that they could see.Kevin struggled with keeping up with everyone, that was until he took his shoes off, then he was in his element and took off.Our hike was very leisurely. We stopped to eat snacks, look at bugs and talk about the wild animals that lived in the trees. Kevin was scared of the crocodile he saw in the bush! It was crazy windy at the top of the mountain surprise, surprise so we only stayed long enough to rest on the bench, eat m&ms and take a few pictures. How insanely beautiful is that view behind us??? I’m so impressed with both Olive and Kevin for making it to the top with only a little bit of help towards the end. Kids are troopers!
We hustled down the mountain and headed to our favourite place to swim in the park, Driftwood Beach.
When we got to the beach it was windy and cold. We stayed long enough for the kids to explore the the teepees people built out of the drift wood, get their feet wet and play with the rocks. What is it with kids and their love for rocks? My kids are obsessed. Once we had enough of the beach we headed into town for sweet potatoe fries from Weiners of Waterton and the kids and I were excited to see that they sell kombucha now, so we got one to share. After lunch we grabbed our ice cream from Big Scoop and walked over to the park to burn off some more energy, You’d think that after hiking a mountain they’d be pooped, but no. My friend Rachel took pictures of me playing with the kids which I’m truly grateful for because I’m the one always taking picture and because of this I’m hardly in any with the kids. After the park we headed home, the kids were starting to turn into pumpkins. They were both passed out by the time we were out of the park.
I love spending time with my friends and family in the mountains, there is something about the fresh crisp mountain air that is healing for the soul.
A day in the mountians is never a day wasted.