A couple of weeks ago, I hiked up the Dark Canyon Trail. I hadn’t been there since I was pregnant and remember huffing and puffing my way up that never-ending hill. It was much more scenic this time. There was far less panting, too.
There was also more potty training this time.
I chose this trail, because it’s the path less travelled, literally. The trail is closed to mountain biking and fewer people use it. It was a busy week and I wanted to avoid the crowds.
This took the pressure off of our potty training situation, too.
From my earlier hikes, I had already learned that stopping for potty breaks, putting a diaper into the baby backpack seat, and wearing a pair of wicking, quick-drying pants were helpful tips. Today, I learned that sometimes patience is key. We hiked up and found a nice open meadow to enjoy lunch.
It’s a little hard to tell from this picture, but there were some great logs to stretch out my back on. Baby backpacks and solo hiking trips often tire out my back muscles, so it’s a nice treat when a lunch break can include a good place to stretch.
Anyhow, back to potty-training. The little man made it to lunch without an accident — and without a successful pit-stop… which can only mean dehydration.
Dehydration is a common problem, while out hiking or backpacking. One that has lead prior clients to cramping, constipation, headaches, fatigue, and mental-fogginess (to name just a few of the symptoms) and while it can be quite serious if not remedied, usually doesn’t cause too many problems on a day. But I wanted to avoid the grumpiness and potential meltdowns that dehydration can also cause, so we took a really long lunch break to effectively drink and eliminate.
Today was a day that I was grateful for baby capilene long underwear. After a little miss, I took the little guy’s pants off to dry in the sun. By the time he had a real pee, they were dry and we were ready to hit the trail again! Patagonia Capilene Long Underwear for the win!
This was a beautiful summer day hike. The weather was in the 70’s. The little guy wore a t-shirt and patagonia capilene pants, a hat and sunglasses. I wore shorts, a t-shirt, a hat, sunglasses, and sneakers. We brought an extra jacket for both of us, sunscreen, a first-aid kit, lunch and water.
The hike took about 2 hours, we hiked until we found a good lunch spot, ate, then turned around. After lunch, I was interested in hiking a little further, but the little man definitely wanted to head home, so we turned back and headed for nap-town. He rode up in the carrier and walked part of the way down. The trail was dirt and rocks, through some open meadows with wildflowers, but was mostly wooded. It would be beautiful when the leaves are turning!