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Let's get real for a moment here...hiking isn't easy and it isn't for everyone. We tackled a challenging 21km hike on Saturday and we tackled some mental and emotional challenges along with the physical. Trail Dad isn't as into hiking as I am, and isn't as fit as I am. This isn't often an issue on our casual day hikes but it slapped us in the face this weekend. He quickly realized that he couldn't handle the difficult terrain and 30Β°c+ temps with Huckleberry on his back. He was also having trouble breathing with his seasonal allergies and this was making it hard to stay hydrated. Hot, tired, sore and dehydrated, he spiralled quickly into feelings of guilt and frustration, not being able to carry his weight and keep up, feeling like he was putting it all on me and holding me back, ruining my day. What should've been a difficult but enjoyable 9-hour hike became a stressful 11-hour hike and we were quickly losing the extra daylight, chasing the sun back to the canoe and car. We afforded ourselves a break...long enough to regroup, problem-solve, hug it out. And a few more timed breaks after that for refuelling and resting. We thankfully made it out of there with a little sunlight to spare. Not every hike is a fairy tale of skipping along the trails collecting acorns and snapping pics of cool mushrooms (although I did blare a little Ed Sheeran "Castle on the Hill" and dance my way through the last kilometre, for morale and coyote deterrent). Teamwork, patience, songs and hugs – that's how we survived. I'd love to hear about your real outdoor struggles – we all have them, there's no shame in that. . . . #mamanfrontenac #frontenacchallenge #hikeitbaby30 #frontenacprovincialpark #ontarioparks #infrontenac #hikeitbaby #togetherwehike #hib30 #hibygk #hikeygk #365milechallenge #getoutside #optoutside #vitaminN #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #everyfamilyoutdoors #exploremore #neverstopexploring #takethekids #hikingwithkids #hikingadventures #keencanada #keen #darntough #bookwormthetraildad #dontforgetdads #dadswhohike #outdoordad at Frontenac Provincial Park

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4 down 7 to go! πŸ‘£ Today we completed our fourth hike of the Frontenac Challenge and it was a challenge indeed! We take these "timestamp selfies" at the beginning and end of every hike to track how long it takes us, that day and year to year. Today we hiked 21km over 11 hours. Parts of it really sucked, but there were some amazing moments, too – ones I'll remember a lifetime from now. We grew closer and stronger as an outdoor family today. Stay tuned for the full story, all of the highlights and more πŸ„πŸ„πŸ„! #mamanfrontenac #frontenacchallenge #hikeitbaby30 . . . #frontenacprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #infrontenac #hikeitbaby #togetherwehike #nevertooyoungtohike #hib30 #hibygk #hikeygk #ygklove #365milechallenge #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #getoutside #optoutside #vitaminN #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #everyfamilyoutdoors #exploremore #neverstopexploring #takethekids #hikingwithkids #hikingadventures #tothewoods #childhoodunplugged at Frontenac Provincial Park

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3 down 8 to go! πŸ‘£ Today we completed our third hike of the Frontenac Challenge and it was a perfect fall day for an adventure! During our 14km hike, we saw frogs and turtles and woodpeckers, climbed over fallen trees and trudged through so sticky mud, lunched on a sunny rock and were home in time for dinner! Huckleberry hiked a mile and a half on his own two feet (he's up to about 8 miles for @hikeitbaby 30)!! So glad we've committed to these challenges! Stay tuned for some highlights and more πŸ„πŸ„πŸ„! #mamanfrontenac #frontenacchallenge #hikeitbaby30 . . . #frontenacprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #infrontenac #hikeitbaby #togetherwehike #nevertooyoungtohike #hib30 #hibygk #hikeygk #ygklove #365milechallenge #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #getoutside #optoutside #vitaminN #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #everyfamilyoutdoors #exploremore #neverstopexploring #takethekids #hikingwithkids #hikingadventures #tothewoods #childhoodunplugged at Frontenac Provincial Park

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1 down 10 to go! πŸ‘£ Yesterday we completed our first hike of the Frontenac Challenge and it had its ups and downs, literally and metaphorically. We didn't pack any extra food, forgot the selfie stick, didn't bring bug spray, and started in a cranky mood. BUT who cares because we had a great time, the weather was perfect, and Huckleberry hiked nearly 2km on his own two feet (he's up to 2.5 miles for @hikeitbaby 30)!! I'll chalk that up to a win! Stay tuned for some highlights and πŸ„πŸ„πŸ„! #mamanfrontenac . . . #frontenacchallenge #frontenacprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #infrontenac #hikeitbaby #togetherwehike #nevertooyoungtohike #hikeitbaby30 #hib30 #hibygk #hikeygk #ygk #ygklove #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #getoutside #optoutside #vitaminN #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #everyfamilyoutdoors #exploremore #neverstopexploring #takethekids #hikingwithkids #hikingadventures #tothewoods #childhoodunplugged at Frontenac Provincial Park

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We just got home from the cottage...we grew slowly grumpier on the way here and came in for a sad hug after walking through the door. We have a week left of summer vacation. The further into the outdoor maman/blogging journey I go, the less I want to go back to teaching. I love my job but it no longer feels like my passion. Big changes need to start happening and this sinking feeling is an indicator that sooner rather than later needs to be the plan. Here's to following dreams! You with me? . . . #mamanonthetrail #bookwormthetraildad #forestschool #natureplay #naturebasededucation #learnoutside #teachoutside #outdoorsblogger #outdoorbloggers #pursueyourpassion #followyourdreams #bigchanges #bigchangescoming #outdoormom #adventuremamas #adventureparenting #mymotherhood #momlife #followyourheart #dowhatyoulove #domoreofwhatyoulove #getoutside #optoutside #liveyouradventure #livelifeoutside #lovelifeoutside #lifestooshort #changeisgood #outdoorfamilies #canadianoutdoorfamilies at Forillon National Park

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"The tired glow of adventurous parents" πŸ”₯ A friend just messaged me on Facebook to say that we make camping with a toddler look easy. You wanna know what makes camping with a toddler easy? Three things: 1) Teamwork 2) Practice 3) The perfect mix of patience, low expectations and flexibility. I couldn't do it without this guy. And it definitely helps when he (or in the case of our latest trip, his father) brings wine. We LOVE all of our adventures with Huckleberry during the day, but crave the quiet after bedtime. By the end of the day we're tired. Happy, glowing tired. The good kind of tired. Cheers to parents who get out there with their kids! It's so worth it, easy or not! We've got this! . . . #bookwormthetraildad #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #everyfamilyoutdoors #vitaminN #naturelovers #getoutdoors #getoutside #optoutside #getoutstayout #mylifeoutside #lovelifeoutside #explorer #exploremore #neverstopexploring #familyjaunts #ventureout #adventureswithkids #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #adventureculture #liveyouradventure #adventureparenting #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #wildernessculture #theoutbound #hikingwithkids #campingwithkids #tinybigadventure at Grundy Lake Provincial Park

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Hands up if you wanna hang!!! πŸ™‹πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈπŸ™‹πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈπŸ™‹πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ Win a @tbagear hammock on the blog [link in profile] – giveaway ends Friday and there are lots of daily entries! . . . #tinybigadventure #tbagear #backpackinghammock #hammock #hammocktime #thehammocklife #win #giveaway #canwin #contestalert #sweeps #review #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #hikingwithkids #campingwithkids #adventureswithkids #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #getoutstayout

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The first night in our new tent was a success! πŸ• We played with (and used properly, lol) our new @colemancanada_ headlamps, test drove Huckleberry's new @thermarest sleeping pad and bag, easily nursed him to sleep in my @hotmilklingerie yoga bra and @momzelle top, kept him comfy in his @weewoollies merino wool jammies, kept ourselves comfy on our new @tbagear pillows, and enjoyed a great night's sleep in our @msr_gear tent! Some big (but affordable!) upgrades and we felt the difference! This almost feels like glamping! [Swipe for more pics] . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #huckleberrycamps #grundylakeprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #paddleon #canoecamping #canoeingwithkids #paddlingwithkids #campingwithkids #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #raiseawildchild #childhoodunplugged #adventureculture #adventuremamas #borntobeadventurous #getoutside #optoutside #mylifeoutdoors #liveyouradventure #theoutbound #takethekids #adventureswithkids #exploremore #adventureculture #campinggear at Grundy Lake Provincial Park

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Welcome to our home for 3 days! πŸ›Ά After about 10-15 minutes of paddling on Monday afternoon, we made it to our campsite on Pakeshkag Lake in Grundy Lake Provincial Park. The bugs were fierce but the views and company made up for it. We alternated between slowly setting up camp and exploring the area on foot. Just wait and see what we found! . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #huckleberrycamps #grundylakeprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #paddleon #canoecamping #canoeingwithkids #paddlingwithkids #campingwithkids #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #raiseawildchild #raisingkidswild #childhoodunplugged #adventureculture #adventureparenting #adventuremamas #borntobeadventurous #littlepaddler #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #mylifeoutdoors #liveyouradventure #theoutbound #takethekids #adventureswithkids #exploremore at Grundy Lake Provincial Park

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We πŸ’š our beautiful #downtownkingston! We've been running some errands this morning with a little help from our @onyababy outback. We stopped into @trailheadktown, @hipkidskingston and @chermerecanada for some games and prizes for the @hikeitbaby "Summer's Here" Family Picnic. Will we see you at Lake Ontario Park on Saturday? #hibygk . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #downtownktown #mydowntownktown #kingstonontario #kingston_on #ygk #ygklove #babywearing #babywearingforthewin #babywearingdad #wearthemonya #shoplocal #supportlocal #shopsmallbusiness #trailheadktown #hikeitbaby #getoutside #365milechallenge #walkdontdrive #ecobaby at Kingston, Ontario

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When you're helping to build a deck and don't have a tool belt... @onyababy Hipster to the rescue! (Thanks @hikeitbaby!) β€’ Anyone else find a creative (read "unconventional") use for a baby product? . . . #bookwormthetraildad #dadsdoingwork #dontforgetdads #onyababy #hikeitbaby #babywearingforthewin #babywearingaccessories #makeshifttoolbelt #makeshift #deckbuilding #toolbelt #cottagelife #dadlife #parenthood #getoutside #workoutside at Bob's Lake, ON

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We haven't celebrated Father's Day in our home yet this year but I thought I'd take a moment to get a little mushy anyway... Dear Trail Dad, "Dada" was Huckleberry's first word. You won that competition and both of our hearts. You are always up for an adventure, are so full of fun nature facts and love, and have a way of always making us laugh and smile. I wouldn't be as confident of an outdoor mom without you by my side. And I can see in everything our son does how much he admires you. To you and to all of the other outdoor dads out there – thanks for #raisingawildchild ❀️🌲 and happy Father's Day! . . . #happyfathersday #fathersday #bookwormthetraildad #huckleberrythetrailbaby #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #outdoorfamily #outfam #everyfamilyoutdoors #vitaminN #naturelovers #getoutdoors #getoutside #optoutside #getoutstayout #mylifeoutside #lovelifeoutside #explorer #exploremore #neverstopexploring #familyjaunts #ventureout #raiseawildchild #raisingkidswild #campingwithkids #outdoordad #adventuredad #adventureparenting at Charleston Lake Provincial Park

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Our weekend was a little less outdoorsy than usual but still very exiting! Some friends from New Brunswick were in Ottawa for the weekend so we made the trek and hung out with them for a day. We were treated to a private tour of Parliament by their cousin and assistant to one of our Senators. Here we are in the Peace Tower...stay tuned for where on Parliament Hill Huckleberry asked for milk... . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #weekendwarrior #weekendwarriors #canadian #canadianfamily #canada #canada150 #canadianparliament #parliamenthill #parliament #parliamentofcanada #ottawa #capitalcity #peacetower #familyphoto #proudtobecanadian #momlife #breastfeeding #normalizebreastfeeding #bfing #extendedbreastfeeding #toddlerlife #toddlersofinstagram #canadianmama #instafamily #canadianadventure #historylesson #socialstudies at Parliament of Canada

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Well, hello there! I feel like it's been a very long time since I've made an introduction. We're the Millers. Not like the movie though, promise! There's Jeff, a.k.a. Bookworm the Trail Dad. He loves reading trail signs, the interpretive bits on maps, and the "newspaper" you get at campgrounds, you know, with the map in the centrefold. That's why we call him Bookworm. He's goofy and smart, loves comic books and superheroes, worked at Science North growing up, and is now a teacher. He supports me in all I do and is a pretty wicked Trail Dad, too! Then there's me, Monica, a.k.a. Maman on the Trail. I'm goofy and smart, too, I think. I'm also the leader of the pack, and don't you forget it! I adore the outdoors and have intentions of starting a forest school in the next few years, until then I'll keep integrating nature-based education into French class. Oh yeah, I teach French full-time to grades 1-3. Next up, Huckleberry the Trail Baby (I'm not ready to call him a Trail Kid, but he is). He'll be 18 months tomorrow and he's the happiest, goofiest, most helpful and nature-obsessed kid around. We are raising him bilingual, and have supported that with sign language. He's cloth-diapered, breastfed and babyworn (is that a word?). He's also the main source of inspiration behind this whole operation. Finally, there's Kirby the Trail Dog (not pictured). He's a trail-loving, water-logged, goofball of a wheaten terrier who accompanies us on most of our adventures. Now, tell me about YOU! Tag #mamansintroductions along with a family photo and tell me everything! . . . #CanadianOutdoorFamilies #mamanonthetrail #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #introduction #thisisus #getoutside #optoutside #hiking #camping #paddling #hikingwithkids #campingwithkids #paddlingwithkids #iamhikeitbaby #hikeitbaby #nevertooyoungtohike #forceofnature #outdoormoms #adventureparenting #adventuremamas #raiseawildchild #raisingkidswild #babywearing #wearthemonya #wildrootsrundeep #borntobeadventurous #iwasbornwild #moretoexploreoutdoors at Charleston Lake Provincial Park

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VICTORIA PARK UPDATE!! I'm not sure which one of them was more excited to check out the progress on the splash pad and grey water garden. Foundation is laid, water hook ups are in place, what's next?! We can't wait!! Also, there are a ton of new trees planted and Trail Dad spent a great deal of time teaching Huckleberry the fine art of maple key tossing while I rambled on about canopy diversification #boyswillbeboys. If you have time to swing by this weekend, you should! The before-and-after experience only works if you see the before! Thanks, @td_canada for making this possible! #TDCommonGround #Canada150 #ad β€’ Click the link in my profile for more details. . . . #ygk #ygklove #teamygk #kingston_on #kingstonontario #mydowntownktown #cityofkingston #kingstoncanada #visitkingston #canada #greenspaces #themorewegettogether #commonground #victoriaparkygk #victoraparkkingston #ygkblogger #getoutside #optoutside #getoutsideandplay #playoutside #outdoorfamilies #toddlerlife #toddlersofinstagram #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #dontforgetdads at Kingston, Ontario

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Along with our toddler-wrangling turn-taking, Trail Dad and I also have camp jobs that we seem to divide and conquer the same way each time. I do more of the planning and packing. He does more of the heavy lifting and loads the vehicle. I set up and take down the camp. He cooks all the meals. And as of recently, I've taken over the fire-building (I'm better at it πŸ˜‚) but he still gets to poke at it, such a firebug! Huckleberry helped a bit with packing and setting up camp this time around, he also wanted to help carry the canoe – really he walked alongside it while holding on. I can see him picking up a few jobs of his own soon. β€’ What "jobs" do you prefer or excel at in the backcountry? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #bookwormthetraildad #charlestonlakeprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #trailheadktown #paddleygk #canoecamping #canoeingwithkids #paddlingwithkids #campingwithkids #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #raiseawildchild #raisingkidswild #childhoodunplugged #adventureculture #adventureparenting #adventuremamas #borntobeadventurous #backcountry #takemecamping #tentlife #camping #keepcalmandcampon #everyfamilyoutdoors #wildernessculture #lilfamadventure at Charleston Lake Provincial Park

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"And we're off!" (If only if were that easy) β€’ I pride myself in being honest and transparent on here so let me tell you about our Friday night and Saturday morning. I knew I would be stressed until the canoe hit the water, we had A LOT to do in the way of prep. Friday: after work/daycare we had to pick up the canoe, eat dinner, and then divide and conquer the rest. Trail Dad took Huckleberry and filled up the gas tank, grabbed groceries and dropped Kirby off with my sister an hour away. While they were out, I did laundry and packed for the weekend. Somehow we made it to bed before midnight. Saturday morning was a smooth exit, we grabbed breakfast on the road and got to Charleston Lake PP in good time. However, while unloading the gear and canoe, Huckleberry was practically running laps around the parking lot and then had an unimaginably messy poop which required a middle-of-the-parking-lot diaper change with Trail Dad on mosquito duty. Finally we climbed into the canoe but not before Huckleberry discovered the whistle on Trail Dad's boat coat and had a little whine about having to wear his own. But then "ahhhhhhh" – the positive effects of Vitamin N washed over me and all thoughts of unfinished report cards, unwritten blog articles, and poor Kirby who was missing out were all left behind in that parking lot. Smiles plastered on our faces..."and we're off!" . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #bookwormthetraildad #charlestonlakeprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #trailheadktown #paddleygk #paddleon #canoecamping #canoeingwithkids #paddlingwithkids #campingwithkids #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #raiseawildchild #raisingkidswild #childhoodunplugged #adventureculture #adventureparenting #adventuremamas #borntobeadventurous #momlife #nostress #honestmotherhood #parenthood #weekender #outdoormom #neverstopexploring at Charleston Lake Provincial Park

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#cottagelife β€’ We are halfway to next weekend and I'm finally getting around to posting about last weekend...jeesh! When someone invents a "pause-everything-so-I-can-play-catch-up" button, let me know! I'd pay big money for that! Anyway, back to our 3 days in heaven. We unplugged at the cottage with my parents over the holiday weekend. My father-in-law also joined us for the first half of our stay, and we had Huckleberry saying (yes, he talks now!) "Grampa", "Meemaw" and "Papa", which pleased all 3 grandparents, as you can imagine. "Grampa" sounded more like "Bapa" but the rest was clear. Lots of fresh air, equal parts sunshine and rain, and our wee family sharing one big bed in our loft room had us smiling and wishing summer would hurry hurry hurry! How did you spend your long weekend? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #dontforgetdads #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #vitaminN #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfreechildren #childhoodunplugged #outdoorfamilies #adventureparenting #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #moretoexploreoutdoors #pottyadventures #childrenatnatureplay #playoutside #letthembelittle #wheatkids #keenkids #luvmother #luvmthr #twinklebelledesign #madeincanada #summervibes at Bob's Lake, ON

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Last one, I promise! (Unless you're really enjoying them, in that case I have a few more, lol). It can be a hard decision, choosing to miss out on a holiday with the extended family. But it can also be an easy decision. We spent both Thanksgiving and Easter as a family of 3 (or 4 if you include the dog 🐾) in a small tent in the woods. And we have no regrets. Yes, the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins may miss us and we miss them, but we don't miss the long car rides, the hustle and bustle of a big family reunion, or having to choose which side of the family we spend the holiday with. Plus, we can catch up with everyone later, right? Do you ever miss out on big family things so that you can soak up some quality time with just your little family? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #huckleberrycamps #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #vitaminN #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfreechildren #childhoodunplugged #outdoorfamilies #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #moretoexploreoutdoors #pottyadventures #campingwithkids #hikingwithkids #hikeitbaby30 #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #tentlife #hammocklife #tinybigadventure #frontenacprovincialpark #familyfirst #familytime #intothewoodswego at Frontenac Provincial Park

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So there are people who solo camp with kids, and I've definitely thought about it a lot, and may still do it, but boy will it take some energy and some planning. We did a lot of turn-taking in the backcountry, a lot of "You wrangle while I set up the tent and I'll wrangle while you make dinner and then you wrangle while I..." You get the picture. I definitely regret leaving our @onyababy soft-structured carrier behind. I even had it in my hand and thought "No, if we go on a short hike while camping we can just throw him back in the @Deuter." Wrong. Always bring the Onya. It's now officially on our essential gear list. There were times when he just wanted to be held, times when we both needed to be doing something, times when I just needed him contained. We learn something each time we go on an adventure and these little lessons make the next adventure that much better. What have you learned from your adventures with littles? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #huckleberrycamps #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #vitaminN #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfreechildren #childhoodunplugged #outdoorfamilies #adventureparenting #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #moretoexploreoutdoors #pottyadventures #hiking #hikingwithkids #hikeitbaby30 #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #childrenatnatureplay #natureplay #wearthemonya #campingwithkids #frontenacprovincialpark at Frontenac Provincial Park

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➑️Swipe for more➑️ The 4km hike into our campsite was our first KEEN experience and let's just say we're hooked! With 50lbs of kid+gear on my back, I was practically skipping in the lightest hiking boots I've ever worn! Trail Dad had no complaints and is already choosing his KEENs over his running shoes on more leisurely strolls. Huckleberry is smitten and has been wearing his in the apartment as well, haha. A huge thanks to @keencanada and @keen.kids for the chance to review some incredible footwear! I'd love to hear about your experience with KEEN or any other hiking footwear that you just love! . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #keen #keenkids #keencanada #huckleberrycamps #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #vitaminN #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfreechildren #childhoodunplugged #outdoorfamilies #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #moretoexploreoutdoors #pottyadventures #campingwithkids #hikingwithkids #hikeitbaby30 #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #tentlife #hammocklife #tinybigadventure #frontenacprovincialpark at Frontenac Provincial Park

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24 hours of uninterrupted and utterly unplugged family time in nature was exactly what we needed. My body is sore but my heart and my soul are oh-so-happy. We opted to come home instead of staying a second night what with the impending thunderstorms this evening and the heavy rain that fell this afternoon (we almost got out before it hit). And we are now plunked happily (and sleepily) on the couch about to watch the Leafs play. Cider anyone? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #kirbythetraildog #huckleberrycamps #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #vitaminN #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfreechildren #childhoodunplugged #outdoorfamilies #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #moretoexploreoutdoors #pottyadventures #campingwithkids #hikingwithkids #hikeitbaby30 #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #natureplay #playoutside #tentlife #hammocklife #tinybigadventure #frontenacprovincialpark at Frontenac Provincial Park

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It has been 6 months since our last camping trip – it's time to head into the woods! I've been a little quieter on social media this week as we process some news about a friend and prepare for this backcountry camping trip. We are in need of an enormous dose of Vitamin N(ature). We might be back tomorrow night or maybe Sunday night. We'll see. Prepare yourselves to be inundated with camping photos in the near future πŸ•β›ΊοΈπŸ• . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #huckleberrycamps #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #vitaminN #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfreechildren #childhoodunplugged #outdoorfamilies #adventure #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #moretoexploreoutdoors #pottyadventures #campingwithkids #hikingwithkids #hikeitbaby #hikeitbaby30 #nevertooyoungtohike #togetherwehike #365milechallenge #childrenatnatureplay #natureplay #playoutside #tentlife at Frontenac Provincial Park

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Today was a test in patience, perseverance, and self-confidence. We decided fairly last minute to hike a trail we have never hiked before, in a provincial park we have never visited before, and said provincial park doesn't technically open until May, and we accessed the trail through a farm road on private land (with granted access). We were going on the advice of a friend who's been there recently, and Google Maps. We packed more than enough food and water, knew about how long it should take us, and off we went! Well, the road was flooded, some sections of the trail weren't super well-marked, and we second guessed ourselves a little more than usual on the way up. But we made it to the peak and it was so worth it! Apparently on clear days you can see the Adirondacks from here! The way back down was much more relaxed and we will trust ourselves and each other a little more next time. I'm glad we pushed through...I think Trail Dad might have wanted to turn around a few times. Ps. We're still rocking at awkward family selfies! . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #humansoutdoors #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #outdoors #nature #vitaminN #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfreechildren #childhoodunplugged #outdoorfamilies #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #moretoexploreoutdoors #pottyadventures #hikingwithkids #hikeitbaby #hikeitbaby30 #nevertooyoungtohike #togetherwehike #365milechallenge #retrakselfie #charlestonlakeprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario at Top of Blue Mountain

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@mamanonthetrail

Spent a good chunk of this sunny Saturday afternoon strolling around downtown Kingston. One of my besties was in town from Ottawa to visit so we went out for lunch and browsed in all of our favourite shops! Ps. Check out our totally coordinated teething toy from @parrotfishjewelry! πŸ’š . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #parrotfishjewelry #madeincanada #madeinontario #madeinottawa #supportlocal #shoplocal #supportsmallbiz #babywearing #wearallthebabies #babywearingdad #wearthemonya #ygk #ygklove #kingston_on #kingstonontario #downtownktown #mydowntownktown #windowshopping #hikeitbaby30 #365milechallenge #getoutside #optoutside at Kingston, Ontario

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@mamanonthetrail

We finally hid the "DC Superheroes: Opposites" book that Huckleberry had us reading almost every night, but now we're stuck on "ABCs of Canada". This one is far better in my opinion, lol. What is the current favourite bedtime story in your house? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #bedtime #bedtimestory #bookworm #storytime #readtome #readeveryday #earlyliteracy #abookaday #superheroes #nature #abcsofcanada #canada #canadianoutdoorfamilies #fortheloveofreading #greatwhitenorth #kidscanpress #canadian #letthemread #momproblems #momlife #canadiankids #toddlersofinstagram #toddlerlife at Kingston, Ontario

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@mamanonthetrail

Monkey see, money do. (Swipe for his inspiration). This is how we ended yesterday's hike: tired but not ready to go home. This is 100% how we're feeling today, the last day of the March Break: tired but not ready to go back to work. How are you spending the last day of March Break? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #humansoutdoors #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #outdoors #nature #vitaminN #explore #exploremore #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfreechildren #outdoorfamilies #moretoexploreoutdoors #pottyadventures #hiking #hikingwithkids #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #marchbreak #lastdayofmarchbreak #cantbelieveitsover #backtoschool #backtowork at Gould Lake Conservation Area

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@mamanonthetrail

Don't let the sunshine deceive you, it's one of those "wear all the clothes" days. But we went anyway! On a somewhat related note, I'm putting the finishing touches on my @deuter Kid Comfort 3 child carrier backpack review (it's been on the to-do list for far too long 😳) and am hoping to also get yesterday's Humans of the Outdoors post up today lol. Why is there never enough time? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #hiking #hikingwithkids #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #getoutside #getoutdoors #optoutside #outdoors #lifeoutside #lifeoutdoors #lovelifeoutside #nature #vitaminN #explore #exploremore #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfree #outdoorfamilies #deuter #ygkblogger #mommyblogger #momlife #crca #rideautrail #goanyway at Marshland's Conservation Area

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@mamanonthetrail

I am so ready to hit the trails with these two this weekend! Why is it that the short weeks feel the longest? My classes were literally exploding with emotions all week. I spent more time in the hallways working through social, emotional and behavioural issues than I spent in classrooms teaching French. And Trail Dad had to take half of yesterday and all of today off to stay home with a feverish trail babe. But IT'S FRIDAY and we have big plans this weekend. Hiking as a family tomorrow and then celebrating @hikeitbaby Kingston's 1st birthday on Sunday! How will you get outside this weekend? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #hiking #hikingwithkids #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #getoutside #getoutdoors #optoutside #outdoors #lifeoutside #lifeoutdoors #lovelifeoutside #nature #vitaminN #explore #exploremore #neverstopexploring #moretoexploreoutdoors #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfree #outdoorfamilies #hikeitbaby #hibygk #frontenacprovincialpark #ontarioparks #tgif #takeahike #dontforgetdads #bookwormthetraildad at Frontenac Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

πŸ’šHappy Family DayπŸ’š Today in Ontario (and a few other provinces) we are celebrating Family Day - a day to remind ourselves what our priorities really are. We will be spending it outside and together. We hope you can do the same! And even if it's not a holiday where you are, I encourage you to love a little more, hug a little more, kiss a little more, and connect a little more today. Family is where it's at! . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #hiking #hikingwithkids #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #getoutside #getoutdoors #optoutside #lifeoutside #lifeoutdoors #lovelifeoutside #nature #vitaminN #explore #exploremore #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfree #outdoorfamilies #pottyadventures #moretoexploreoutdoors #ontarioparks #frontenacprovincialpark #exploreontario #familyday at Frontenac Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

I love the weekends. So much family time, nature time, nap time and selfie time. Got a little Vitamin N on the golf course (turned off-leash dog park in winter) behind our building this morning and something bigger is in the works for tomorrow. How are you getting your Vitamin N this weekend? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #hiking #hikingwithkids #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #getoutside #optoutside #outdoors #lovelifeoutside #nature #vitaminN #explore #exploremore #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfree #outfam #outdoorfamilies #wearthemonya #trailnap #hikeitbaby30 at Kingston, Ontario

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@mamanonthetrail

This guy! So we finally got home and organized in time for a walk in the 'hood before it got dark. We all felt so good afterward that we are determined to make a habit out of this. Sometimes we can know all of the benefits of something, enjoy doing it, want to do it, but still not manage to make it happen. Little reminders, like that smile, help us get our priorities in order again. Hopefully soon this transition period will be over and we will get a handle on life and all the good things in it. Until then, TGIF! . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #hiking #hikingwithkids #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #getoutside #optoutside #outdoors #lovelifeoutside #nature #vitaminN #explore #exploremore #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfree #outfam #outdoorfamilies #babywearingdad #bookwormthetraildad #wearthemonya #habitforming #tgif #wegotthis #goanyway #hikeitbaby30 at Kingston, Ontario

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@mamanonthetrail

After a short hiatus, due to my return to work and the holidays, I have finally published a new post! And hopefully another one tomorrow too! Read about my love for New Year's celebrations, my reflections on 2016 and my hopes for 2017. And please feel free to comment here or at mamanonthetrail.com with your own reflections and resolutions! . . . #newyear #2017 #reflections #resolutions #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #kirbythetraildog #hiking #hikingwithkids #nevertooyoungtohike #getoutside #optoutside #outdoors #lovelifeoutside #nature #vitaminN #explore #exploremore #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfree #outfam #outdoorfamilies #momlife #blogger #ygkblogger #canadianblogger #ontheblog

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@mamanonthetrail

I'm about to get mushy, you have been warned. This guy πŸ’™ He stole my heart with promises of adventure and he has not let me down. He actually proposed to me on an adventure, nearly 6 years ago, and instead of the typical "Will you marry me?" he asked if I would like to accompany him on every adventure for the rest of our lives. Yes, please! He is up for anything - from a picnic in the yard to moving across the country - and he does it all with a smile and his hand in mine. I couldn't ask for a better partner! Alright, mushiness over. . . . #bookwormthetraildad #cottagelife #wintercottage #winter #welcometocanada #canadianwinter #newyears #adventure #adventureculture #hiking #getoutside #getoutdoors #optoutside #outdoors #lovelifeoutside #lifeoutside #lifeoutdoors #nature #vitaminN #explore #exploremore #neverstopexploring #outdoorfamilies at Bobs Lake

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@mamanonthetrail

We just hiked the 4km in from the last ploughed road to the cottage for two nights of adventurous winter cottaging! Woo! Happy New Year and I'll post again when we are home! . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #cottagelife #hiking #hikingwithkids #nevertooyoungtohike #getoutside #getoutdoors #optoutside #outdoors #lovelifeoutside #lifeoutside #lifeoutdoors #nature #vitaminN #explore #exploremore #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfree #outfam #outdoorfamilies #pottyadventures at Bobs Lake

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@mamanonthetrail

Reflecting on our short and sweet stay in Sudbury as we head on to visit with my family near Belleville. We spend a lot of time on the road around the holidays so it is very important to us to get outside when we can. . . . #bookwormthetraildad #getoutside #getoutdoors #optoutside #outdoors #lovelifeoutside #lifeoutside #lifeoutdoors #hiking #nature #explore #exploremore #neverstopexploring #vitaminN #adventureculture #sudbury #sudburyontario at Rotary Park

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@mamanonthetrail

Next stop was Grampa's for Christmas number 2 of 3. He did well with a wooden shape-sorter and pull toy from @ilovehape. It is so nice to have one quality wooden toy for Huckleberry instead of a big pile of gifts to lug home with us. . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #christmasmorning #Christmas #christmas2016 #minimalism #minimalist #minimalistchristmas #ecobaby #minimalistbaby #hapetoys #woodentoys #slugsandsnails #slugsandsnailstights @slugsandsnails0 #dontforgetdads #daddyandme #fatherandson at Sudbury, Ontario

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@mamanonthetrail

Huckleberry only received 2 toys from his Nana and Grandpa and they were both handmedowns from his step cousin. We had several conversations with family members, leading up to the gift-giving season, about keeping it simple, minimal and inexpensive and they were happy to comply. The list we provided for ideas went something like this... 1. Nothing. 2. Gift cards, so we can buy as needs arise. 3. Secondhand toys. 4. Wooden toys or French board books. How did you keep Christmas minimalistic this year? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #christmasmorning #Christmas #christmas2016 #minimalism #minimalist #minimalistchristmas #regift #handmedown #handmedowns #secondhand #secondhandtoys #ecobaby #minimalistbaby at Sudbury, Ontario

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@mamanonthetrail

We wished for a minimalist low-impact Christmas and that wish was granted. Huckleberry's stocking contained a board book and some handmedown socks. Plus a set of 3 @solmatesocks made from recycled cotton. Stay tuned on Instagram for more of our regift/DIY Christmas gift exchange! . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #christmasmorning #Christmas #christmas2016 #minimalism #minimalist #minimalistchristmas #regift #handmedown #handmedowns #secondhand #secondhandtoys #ecobaby #minimalistbaby at Sudbury, Ontario

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@mamanonthetrail

Up past his bedtime and a little overwhelmed by a couple dozen people singing to him but this little guy LOVED his beautiful hiking themed cake made for us by the talented folks at @trishsbakery πŸ’™ . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #firstbirthday #1stbirthday #birthdaycake #hiking #hikingwithkids #raiseawildchild #hikeitbaby #πŸŽ‚ #portdover #portdoverontario #trishsbakery #glutenfree at Port Dover, Ontario

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@mamanonthetrail

Taking care of a sick family is hard work - naps all around! (Ps. Trail Dad doesn't know I snapped this photo, shhh) . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #cosleeping #naptime #coldseason #sick #sickday #selfcare #dadlife #dontforgetdads #bookwormthetraildad

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@mamanonthetrail

Highlights of the past year: Co-sleeping at the cottage. . . . #throwbackthursday #tbt #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #cosleeping #cottagelife at Bobs Lake Ontario

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@mamanonthetrail

Highlights of the past year: Watching Trail Dad embrace babywearing. . . . #throwbackthursday #tbt #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #babywearing #babywearingdad #dontforgetdads #wearthemonya at K & P Trail

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@mamanonthetrail

Highlights of the past year: Family trail selfies with these two. . . . #throwbackthursday #tbt #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #hiking #hikingwithkids #nevertooyoungtohike #selfie #familyselfie

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@mamanonthetrail

Highlights of the past year: Becoming a parent with this man by my side. . . . #throwbackthursday #tbt #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #newborn #parenting #parenthood #teamwork #dontforgetdads

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@mamanonthetrail

Highlights of the past year: The birth of a family. . . . #throwbackthursday #tbt #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #homebirth #midwife #newborn #squish

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@mamanonthetrail

I do love winter but it is always hard to adjust to the new clothing routine. So here's a throwback to hiking in shorts & a t-shirt. Oh, the simplicity of 17 fewer articles of clothing! And, I'm not going to tell you why he's giving me that look πŸ˜‚ . . . #throwback #mamanfrontenac #frontenacchallenge #frontenacprovincialpark #ontarioparks #ygk #hiking #hikingwithkids #nevertooyoungtohike #getoutside #getoutdoors #optoutside #outdoors #lovelifeoutside #lifeoutside #lifeoutdoors #nature #vitaminN #explore #exploremore #neverstopexploring #adventure #raiseawildchild #outfam #outdoorfamilies #babywearing #babywearingdad #wearthemonya #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad at Frontenac Provincial Park

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@miamilybabycarriers

@mamanonthetrail getting in the Holiday spirit with their Hipster PLUS. Don't forget about out Black Friday sale for 30$ off!! ・・ Public transit, in and out of little shops, and so many new sights and sounds for Huckleberry -> babywearing for the win! . . . #torontochristmasmarket #christmas #christmascheer #holidayspirit #toronto #the6ix #6ix #weekendgetaway #christmascountdown #distillerydistrict #babywearing #babywearingftw #babywearingforthewin #babywearingdad #miamilyhipster #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad @wwwmiamilycom

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@mamanonthetrail

After lunch we took Trail Dad shopping at the Silver Snail while we sipped hot beverages at the Black Canary - such a great set up! . . . #toronto #the6ix #6ix #weekendgetaway #comicbooks #nerdalert #silversnail #bookwormthetraildad #babywearingdad #babywearingforthewin #huckleberrythetrailbaby #miamilyhipster at Silver Snail Comics

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@mamanonthetrail

Yes, we use cloth at the cottage! Well, for the little one. The rest of us use the outhouse. TMI? Lol. . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #clothdiapers #makeclothmainstream #cottagelife #noindoorplumbing at Bobs Lake

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@mamanonthetrail

Currently packing up for the cottage and thought I'd post this pic from our last stay up at Bobs Lake. So excited for the toasty pellet stove and a hot chocolate on the dock! Oh, and hanging out with these two...and my parents, I guess. Lol. . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #cottagelife #getoutside #optoutside #outfam #outdoorfamilies #raiseawildchild #lovelifeoutside #vitaminN #nature #outdoors #tothecottage #cottagebound #canadiandream #weekendwarriors #weekendwarrior #autumnvibes at Bobs Lake

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@mamanonthetrail

We learned (again) the valuable lesson about the benefits of time spent outdoors. We were way more tired and way less productive after a day in the car. I'm so glad we did make a few stops to get outside though. We took a meandering walk and popped into a few shops in Westport. But we came home in a mental fog and accomplished nothing with our evening. . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #babywearing #babywearingdad #getoutside #optoutside #sundaydrive #exploreontario #westportontario #autumn #autumnvibes #daytrip #leafpeepers #fallcolours #changeisgood #natureisbetter #vitaminN #explore #exploremore #neverstopexploring at Westport, Ontario

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