On Wednesday, Keith had off from work for the Jewish holiday- yay for us!
We went back and forth with what to do, and ultimately decided it was time for S + G to go on their first hike.
In the past, we would drive about an hour and a half to the Delaware Water Gap, hike for about 4 or 5 hours with Stella, and head home. We decided to stay a little closer to home this time, and check out our options locally.
We landed on Sourland Mountain Preserve in Hillsborough. It was perfect. There were four different trails, ranging from 0.5 miles to 5 miles, and because we weren’t sure how the kids would do, we opted for an easy 2 mile trail. It was awesome. They were awesome. Everything was awesome.
The trails were well maintained, but still super rocky. Within our first half mile, we saw a giant snake (after a little research, we’ve concluded it was a western rat snake), which was fun for everyone. Well, almost everyone. Little known fact: Keith is deathly afraid of snakes. Like scream like a girl-jump-up-and-down-completely-spooked scared. I’ve come to realize that the only reason he really loved bringing Stella on our hikes in the past, was so that she could lead and scare away any potential “visitors” that may be slithering their way into our path. Some dog dad, huh?
It’s also worth mentioning that G started crying when Keith yelled because he was riding on his back during the hike. When he develops a fear of snakes, I’ll be sure to remember this moment.
After the whole snake incident, the rest of the hike was a breeze. We stopped and had a little lunch, sat in front of a few huge boulders, ate some fallen crunchy leaves (not me), took some photos, and called it a day. I’d like to take this opportunity to again, profess my love for the bitybean carrier. If you haven’t read our review and rushed out and bought one, you should. These carriers are so lightweight, so compact, and so easy to use. The kids didn’t make a peep the whole time, and G even fell asleep, despite the bumpy walk and rock-hopping that went on for a few hours.
We are thrilled to know that such amazing trails are just a few minutes from our house and can’t wait to get out there again with the whole family!