Scribbit continues her Halloween theme during her Winter Bizarre. Today my suggestion is Go Leafing! Not so Halloweeny but timely. I'm lucky. Fall goes out in a blaze of oranges and reds where I live. Just today my island was mentioned in this travel article: Canada's Top Fall Foliage Spots. If you're lucky enough to have that spectacular change in your area, take advantage. Those colours don't last long! Walk around the neighbourhood, or you can do like I do and plan a day trip.
Taking a drive in the country is the easiest way but you can also hike. Throw the kids in the car, fill up the tank and head out. Just bring plenty of snacks and tunes. For a more adventurous outing, take a hike. I've done this and it is possible with little ones. Even babies (if you're up to it, there are those baby backpack thingies!). Pick an easy trail, though if you have preschoolers. Here's a Mom's survival guide:
- Know the trail. How long is the trail? How difficult?Are there outhouses? Picnic tables? A goal to reach like a cavern or waterfall? Any hazards? Local bookstores sell guides or look online for tourism information.
- Bring sunscreen and bug spray. Usually, this isn't a problem in fall, but you never know.
- Dress in layers.
- Bring water and/or snacks.
- Make sure everyone pees before you go!
- Wear good walking shoes, preferably waterproof them.
- Bring a camera for pics of the foliage and camera hogs.
- Keep an extra pair of socks, pants, etc in the car, because you never know who's going to take a tumble.
- Be prepared to carry someone. If the trail is long, you will hear that familiar whine, "I'm so tired. Carry me!"
- Carry a cell phone just in case you have an emergency.
I love Fall Hikes! It's a great opportunity to teach the kids about nature. Have fun!