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Mommy Hiker

Mommy Hiker... rediscovering the beauty of the world through the eyes of my daughter. I started this blog in the hopes of inspiring other parents to get outdoors with their kids to explore and discover the wonder and beauty of Mother Nature and in...

Jennifer is a winner of Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms - 2013

What's your favorite affordable outdoor activity to do with your kids?

Hiking! My two year old and I go hiking at least once a week with our other friends and their kids. It’s such a great way to get the kids out in to nature! Navigating small river crossings, discovering caves, taking turns being the leader of the group are just a few of the innumerable ways to build kid’s self-esteem and get them connected with Mother Nature!

What tips do you have for spending time outdoors when its cold?

Living in Southern California, I’m not much of an expert on cold-weather play, but a few must haves for our kiddo when we head up the Northern California coast to camp are wool socks, a quality base-layer, a warm hat that covers the ears and gloves that are pliable enough to allow play while still keeping the digits toasty!

What's a great vacation destination for families that want to spend time outside?

Camping is our family’s favorite pastime and Big Sur, California is one of our favorite places on the planet! We try to do 2 big camping trips a year with friends and family. I always look forward to leaving the city behind and sleeping under the soul-nurturing canopy of Mother Nature. There’s no better way for me to bond with my loved one than lunching next to a gorgeous waterfall or enjoying my morning coffee while my daughter and I watch the deer graze on the hillside. There is something so magical. It fills up my heart and it spills over with love for my family.