Of note: I started this post close three months ago, but baby and school threw a wrench in finishing it…
After several months of staring at the walls of our living room (new baby and prior to that bed rest), Dustin and I took the opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with our backpacking room. Unfortunately, the gear room is still in a state of moving flux. A tragedy, yes, but we will get it back in shape, along with ourselves, soon. Back to the point, packing didn’t seem to be as seamless as normal. A process that Dustin and I had streamlined, now seemed new and clumsy. Perhaps it was the addition of diapers, burp cloths, baby clothes, a breastfeeding pillow and wipes that made the packing seem so foreign.
Packing was not the only thing that proved a little more difficult, hiking certainly was as well. Last summer, Dustin and I flew up trails, even when we were loaded up with overnight gear. Fast forward 12 months and an easy trail, kicked both our butts when we tried to pick up our pace. A rude wake up call that life certainly had changed. The huffs and puffs were worth it though, because it was so great to be doing something we enjoyed pre-baby.
As I have said before, breastfeeding is great because milk is always on tap. We took our time, picked scenic spots to feed, and us adults had lunch lakeside. Bryan and Lindsay seemed to enjoy the short hike. I would have liked to take them somewhere off the beaten path, but something was better than nothing.
Autumn color had just began to make its appearance, and there was a crispness to the wind that only fall brings. All in all, a refreshing day outside the walls of our house. It sure has been an interesting year, but step by step we are settling in to our new life.