Our first backpacking trip with Mason was a bit of a test, just a quick out-and-back to test the waters of backpacking with a two-and-a-half year old. This trip, his second backpack actually felt like a real backpack. We did three days, backpacking 8 miles the first day, 9 the second, and 10 on our last day. While the mileage was less than what we would normally do, carrying a little one and all of that extra gear more than made up for the fewer miles. By the end of the trip we were pretty exhausted -- which is great, that's one of the attributes that makes for a great trip in my book!
Getting warm after our hike in
Day 2: Jennie Lake to Ranger Lake
Twin Lake (Several pretty nice campsites at Twin Lake)
The view from the pass between Twin Lake and Ranger Lake
Sunset from near Ranger Lake
Day 3 - Ranger Lake - Out
A beautiful morning at Ranger Lake
Planning our day
A favorite activity for the little one was to keep an eye out for interesting feathers. He had a nice collection.
All loaded up and ready to go
Planning our next trip
Chain Lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness
The Chain Lakes have always been on my radar. We finally made it, on a hot and smoky weekend in late August. It was as beautiful as I imagined.
Too Much Good Stuff
If you're exhausted and happy, you're doing something right.
South Ridge San Jacinto
Being a parent who loves to get out on outdoor adventures can be challenging. While we've successfully taken our little one on numerous backpacking trips and hikes, it's often...
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