June 23, 2017

What if you could watch a lion hunt its antelope prey in your backyard? What if you could experience the search for the big five (lion, leopard, elephant, black rhino, buffalo) on safari while wiking your local trails?   When we came back from our trip to Kenya 10 years ago totally smitten with the “hunt” for wildlife, I realized it’s possible to get the same sort of experience at home! 

That’s when I started getting into birds.  Yup. Me.

Bird watching is like being on safari.  You search and listen and sit quietly… and then when you spot one, all the waiting is worth it!  You watch what it does and identify it...

June 12, 2017

I’m totally inspired by www.365Outside.org and www.simplefamilies.com to incorporate outdoor play every day.  If you’re not familiar with these two great blogs, let me tell you about them.  365Outside began August 2015 with a “part-challenge, part-way-of-life, all-mindset” to get their family outside every day of the year regardless of weather, knowing that it would make them happier and healthier.  They’ve been outside every day and blogging about it, although less-so lately, come rain or shine, in sickness and in health.  Similarly, Denaye at Simple Families says she is sending her kids outside every day “because sometime...

June 10, 2017

It’s that lush, beautiful time in New England when everyone wants to spend time outside in the sunshine… but if one thing is keeping them in, it’s ticks.   Concerns peak from May through July, when people get more tick bites and tick-borne illnesses than any other time of year.  It’s a common discussion topic and concern among parents.  There’s also a lot of misinformation out there. 

I’ve found that part of mommying is worrying—a large part.  We worry about every thing our child does, doesn’t do, might do, or might not do.  When you spend a lot of time outdoors, much of your worrying might be about ticks...

May 30, 2017

Who owns the earth?  This is a question for the ages.  People fight over invisible property borders all over the world and have done so for thousands of years.  Humans assume people own the earth, but somewhat hypocritically, they also call it “Mother Earth”.  The earth is our “mother”, yet we see ourselves as better than it.  Would you treat your mother the way people often treat the earth!?

No, I’m not suggesting that we all hug it out and eliminate countries and laws and rather tend the earth communally.  That would be a nice picture, but I’m a realist! 

We do, however, have to start thinking about the...

May 22, 2017

I’ve seen the World’s End, and not only is it nothing to fear, but also it is SPECTACULAR.  Of course, I’m not talking about dooms day... I’m talking about World’s End in Hingham, MA, part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area!

At 11:30 am on a Tuesday, I was perusing the internet doing some blog research when I happened upon a group called Hike It Baby.  I immediately thought, “These are my people!!”  It’s a nonprofit dedicated to connecting families and getting kids outdoors through organized hikes.  I searched the hike database and noticed a hike starting in 30 minutes at World’s End, 15 miles south o...

May 18, 2017

No matter where you live, you've heard of Henry David Thoreau's Walden Pond!  In the summer of 1935, 485,000 people visited Walden Pond.  I’ve lived in the greater Boston area for 11 years and finally visited for the first time!  I have to admit: it was nothing like I expected. 

When I learned about Thoreau in high school, I envisioned his Walden Pond as very remote, surrounded by dense forests.  I imagined him living the natural life in solitude for years, documenting his thoughts.  So, when friends told me they visited Walden Pond in present day, I assumed they had to trudge through that dense forest before they...

May 15, 2017

How should you dress your wike baby for the outdoors? Especially when it's slightly chilly this spring or freezing cold?  

As explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes says, “There's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”  Knowing what to wear is actually quite a barrier for some moms who would like to get outside with their child more often but are afraid of their child freezing or over-heating.   Worry no longer!  I came up with these 6 tried-and-true tips for dressing your baby for a wike.  Follow them and enjoy your precious time outdoors with your little one!

1. LAYER.  One of the first t...

May 12, 2017

Blue Hills Reservation is my favorite place to wike.  It's beautiful year-round, full of trails of varying lengths and difficulties, and super convenient to the city of Boston.  With 125 miles of trails to wike, you will notice many posts about Blue Hills Reservation in the future! You can take a look at the trail map here and also a list of suggested hikes with some information about them here.  Wherever you hike in the Blue Hills, I highly recommend downloading the trail map to your use in your "ibooks" section of your iphone.  It's nice to be able to refer to the trail markers without pulling out the entire trail ma...

May 7, 2017

I'm not talking about blind plants. They don't have eyes, silly!  

Did you know that the flower you're looking at might be a trillium plant?  Did you know trillium plants can live for up to 25 years and that it's illegal to pick it in some places? Or it could be a bloodroot flower. Did you know that the bloodroot flower was once thought to cure cancer but later found to cause cancer? Maybe you're looking at my dear old friend skunk cabbage (story for another day...).  Did you know that the skunk cabbage actually has a purple flower with very large petals?  Did you know that you could also be looking at a cactus plant that is...

May 4, 2017

Hello!  I'm Kelly, and this bundle of adventure is my little wike baby.  I'm on a mission to share my love of nature, fitness, and exploration with my child.

When little wike baby was first born, I had three goals:

1. Spend as much quality time with my daughter as possible.  They are only little for so long, and I'm continually reminded of this.

2. Stay sane by connecting with friends and making new mom friends!  Being alone with an infant all day every day can start to affect your mental health...!

3. Stay active!  Fitness has always been a big part of my life, and I vowed to continue to be in control of my h...

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Wike: (v) to walk or hike; (n) a walk or hike, usually used when referring to a short hike or long walk in nature.

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Nature and Wellness Enthusiast, New Mom, Educator

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