Hiking and Hunting with Toddlers in Maine

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Car doors slam shut.

We have arrived.

Grammy suggested a hike.

 Yes a hike down the trail, through a nature reserve, to an island sounds peaceful, even heavenly. Add in some twin toddlers and that perspective changes quickly!

It’s bound to be an adventure.

We start down the path and Cameron already wants to be carried. I try to motivate the boys with some favorite songs from the music class. No one really joins in, but all feet are firmly on the ground as we keep walking to our destination through lush vegetation, beautiful wildflowers and an occasional chipmunk.

I think all the adults realized that this walk might turn out to be a tad long for the kids so we get a little creative.

“Lets run to the bridge!”

Run, run, run, run!

“Who can see the roses…..the tree….the water?”

All of a sudden Daddy starts to sing a new song to the boys:

“We’re going on a lion hunt”

The adults dutifully echo the response. Then….

“I’m not afraid”

Echo

“Because I’ve got my brother, on the trail by my side”

“Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk, walk, walk”

“STOP!!!!!!!”

“A rock!!!” Can’t go through it. Can’t go over it. We have to go around it!”

The twins joined in! They loved this song. But best of all it got them motivated and moving right to our destination. And when we got to the beach we found a huge driftwood tree where we posed for our Christmas card photo :)

Then the boys ran through the puddles before we could stop them, shoes and all. So we just let them frolic, find hermit crabs, and bags full of rocky treasures.

Just look at all these snails!!!!

Toes in the sand, hunting crabs. What could be better?

We saw a minnow, some birds, a bunch of cute chipmunks, a real crab but thankfully no real lions.

The hike back was a challenge, but we all agreed the real treasure was the journey getting there and the beauty we were surrounded by along the way.

Great suggestion Grammy.

Next time we will be sure to take a stroller, and maybe a cocktail for the grownups if the hour is right 😉

About Twin Mom

34 year old, born in a small steel town in South Africa, now living in a large Steel City in the US. Mother of twins and loving every moment.
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21 Responses to Hiking and Hunting with Toddlers in Maine

  1. Mollygram says:

    Blessings all around !

  2. That looks like so much fun! I wish I lived near the beach. I’ve always said I was supposed to live by water :) The twins are so cute!

    • Twin Mom says:

      The beach really is a special place. It’s good in small doses though – my hair is always a frizzy HUGE mess at the beach lol!

  3. Yetunde says:

    Hey girl; it’s good to be back. I LOL’ed at Christmas card photos

    Bravery is allowing 2.5 year olds to walk instead of strapping them in a stroller. I’ve tried it a few times but confess that by the time it’s over; I question my thought process 😉

    • Twin Mom says:

      LOL – yes BRAVERY :) But it was worth it! I will do it again, especially now that I know what we are in for….

  4. What great fun! Thanks for sharing!

  5. DelSheree says:

    What a fun activity! We did a lot of hiking and camping with our kiddos when they were small and it was something they really enjoyed. Glad you had a good time!

  6. Flor says:

    Your twins are adorable, I am glad you guys had fun!

  7. Grammy did good, it looks like the boys enjoyed their new adventure.

  8. Christianna says:

    Looks like an awesome adventure! It sounds like a great bonding experience too! The pictures are lovely. Can’t wait to hear all the stories!

  9. OUPA says:

    Enjoy. Watch out for Poison Ivy. Saw a lot on my walks .

  10. Looks so fun! When the boys were little, we played mama duck. We’d line up and head wherever we were going and I’d quack. Then, they’d quack back. It was much more fun than saying “follow me,” “pay attention,” and all that! We still quack at each other now and then, for old time’s sake. :)

  11. Sista says:

    Grammy really did find a beaut!!!! Sounds and certainly looks like you all had fun. Great that each twin had a packet to put all their treasures into. How many “treasures” did you take back to PITT? Next time we visit I’d love to go on this hike, especially like the idea of cocktails and a picnic would be great!

  12. Lexie Lane says:

    Looks like they had fun! You and your husband must’ve been exhausted! These boys are getting big fast! lol!

  13. Michele says:

    Wow–I can’t believe you actually kept them walking on their own two feet!! There is so much for little ones to explore and learn on nature walks–but next time bring a stroller or convince Dad that his shoulders and arms are the strongest around!! And never forget–Grammy knows best!!

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