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|Hiking in the rain is better with a pink umbrella. Photo by C.G.|
It’s raining, it’s pouring,
We’re all going hiking!
If the idea of hiking in the rain with young ones gives you cold feet, think again. With the right prep, a hike in the rain is the closest you’ll get to a VIP park experience: no crowds, vibrant greens, shiny leaves, slimy creatures and any parking spot you want. Yes, even at Muir Woods National Monument, the parking nightmare of all Bay area parks. So?
|Kids + rain + redwoods = happy. Photo by C.G.|
Come winter, rainy days become a staple of our weeks. Actually, it’s raining outside my window right now and it’s been raining since this morning. Usually rainy days mean indoor activities but I can only take so many days of non-stop downpour and home stay. Staying indoors too long drives me nuts. Same for my girls – they get cabin fever after 4 hours and after the 4-hour threshold their creativity and noise level reaches levels no human should have to endure. Getting them outside is not only a good idea, it’s a physical necessity! So there: hiking in the rain.
Last week when we were in Redwood National Park to re-stage our home-made version of The Return of the Jedi, we took a hike with the girls in the rain. The hike to the Tall Trees grove of Redwood National Park is a 4-mile affair with 800 feet elevation drop. When it rains up there, it’s cats, dogs and the entire elk herd too. No kidding, rain drops are the size of a fat pea!
|Kids can have fun with their boots too. Photo credit: Western Chief|
Since I knew it was going to be wet, here is how I prepped the hike:
|The redwood life seen from a kid’s perspective. Photo by C.G.|
In hindsight, the only item I should have thought about was the blister bandage kit or thick tights to avoid the blister problem. Snacks were eaten, water was drunk (though not a lot, you don’t get that thirsty when it’s cold and wet outside) and a good time was had by all.
Know what happens when you’re not prepared? Another family started hiking with their kids just before us. When we arrived at the trailhead, they were wrapping their feet in plastic bags before slipping into their running shoes. Plastic shopping bags, I’m not making this up. Not sure that’s a great idea.