Additionally, I rigged my wife up with my Osprey Stratos 24 pack and it had an additional insulation layer for each of us, a backpacking cookset, safety and first aid gear, and some additional snacks. (estimated weight around 12 lbs) My son threw on his pack, and I strapped the baby girl to my back and away we went.
|Baby Sis enjoying her new ride|
The plan was to hike to Walker Sister's Cabin near Metcalf Bottoms, a roundtrip hike of 2.2 miles. The cabin itself was a one way in spur, that would the apex of the hiking trip. I thought a good little treat would be for me to fix everybody some hot chocolate once we arrived at the cabin for a peaceful little break. The scenery was nice, and the weather was splendid making for a beautiful hike.
I was not surprised to see other people on the trail, but I was to find a couple other families with kids on the trail. That was nice for our son to see other kids hiking with their families, and it added to his entertainment. It took a while for us to hike the 1.1 miles to the cabin because it was mostly uphill, although a mild gradient, due to my son making multiple stops to investigate multiple sights.
|Our Son sporting his backpack and Leki Hand-me-down|
Eventually, we did make it to the cabin and the kids enjoyed checking it out and listening to mommy talk about how people lived 100 years ago.
|Trey and his friend in the cabin|
|Oww Oww, look at that shirt...|
Eventually it was time to leave the cabin to try and make it back to the car before it got dark. Just before leaving though I could not pass up the opportunity to filter some fresh water from the onsite spring for the return hike. On the hike back our son started complaining that he was getting tired, but he had already walked about 1.5 miles. We found that if he was talking to mom while walking that he didn't not notice that he was tired, it was not until there was a break in the activity that he began to get tired. I almost think it was more of a boredom issue that a physically tiring event. I was quite proud that he managed to do the 2.2 miles on his own, and he is already asking when we can do another one. Additionally, the Kelty pack performed quite well considering it was a used purchase. I estimated that the total weight including the baby girl was around 28 lbs, and the shoulder straps, back panel, and hip belt were comfy throughout the hike. A downside is that it is bulky and heavy when empty, but it was quite sturdy and the baby girl never really complained during the entire hike.
Once we returned to the car, our son wanted to play "School" in the old schoolhouse. It was a fun day for all of us on this family hike, and I am anxiously awaiting the next adventure...
Until next time, God Bless.