Monday, September 22, 2014

Ocoee's first hike-April bowl at Hatcher's pass

This weekend Ocoee and I joined some great friends to celebrate a birthday. It was a beautiful fall weekend and we all rented a cabin at hatchers pass lodge. The weekend was full of food, hikes, games and hearty conversation. 

The other kiddos on the trip are older than Ocoee but they do an excellent job of hanging out and playing with Ocoee. She loves playing with the big kids. 

The biggest highlight of the weekend was completing a 2.5 mile hike to April bowl. The trail was narrow with 800 ft in elevation gain. The elevation gain was easy due to switch backs. To motivate Ocoee I used organic jelly beans from trader joes at different milestones along the way. My good friend also told her stories and chatted her up to keep her mind occupied while her feet kept moving. 

It was great to see my little one accomplish her goal and to embrace the beauty of Alaska. Hiking is truly an activity that touches the soul on the peaks here in Alaska.  

Another first for coco bean!


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