May 2, 2018

It can be difficult to push out our desire to be productive in order to just be.  Thoughts about our to-do lists constantly rush through our minds.  Our cultural drive for “success” might sometimes have you thinking of all the things you need to accomplish rather than allowing you to really be present when you are outdoors with your children. You must believe that time spent together in nature is important time being spent on important work.

March 24, 2018

If you like World’s End in Hingham, MA (and who doesn’t?), make sure you check out this sweet little 36 acre park that you don’t want to miss: Webb Memorial State Park in Weymouth, MA.  It's named after Weymouth police officer and WWII veteran William Webb and operated by DCR.

It’s much smaller and, while well-kept, certainly not as manicured as World’s End.  But it is a beautiful, family friendly park along the water with similar views of Boston.  It has plenty of parking, and it’s free to enjoy.  There is a pavilion with grills for a picnic, and there are restrooms and a water fountain.  Score.

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Ireland isn’t famous for its hikes or walking routes.  When most people think about Ireland, they probably think about Guinness, Leprechauns, or maybe even St. Patrick and our parades in March. Ireland has a temperate weather system; this means that it’s never too hot or cold.   Because of this, we have lush green countryside and mountains filled with purple heather--but for hiking this means soggy feet for 6 months of the year!

January 25, 2018

There are some places you visit just to hike, like Rocky Mountain National Park.  And then there are some places you visit just to relax… but then end up on a spectacular hike!  However you plan it, exploring the natural world on vacation is always memorable.  

Our little wike family loves to travel-- made possible by my husband’s dedication to maximizing credit card points!  We have always been drawn to nature’s attractions when traveling, and when we think back on all of our travels, we realize that we’ve done a good amount of hiking abroad. The world is a truly beautiful place, and there is so much to explo...

January 20, 2018

Today we welcome guest blogger Jessica from www.scrollingthroughLA.com to tell us about her favorite wikes in La La Land. You can follow Jessica on her fitness and cocktail adventures on Instagram @scrolling_through_LA.

LA isn’t just a city filled with pricey avo-toast and Insta-famous individuals.  People really value their well-being, and how can you not when the weather is always 72 and sunny?  If you’re visiting the city of angels, discover different perspectives of this enormous city with this go-to list of wikes.

1. RUNYON CANYON

One of the most iconic hikes in Hollywood, Runyon Canyon is the place to spot celebs an...

July 27, 2017

That Mama Bear instinct has only come out a couple times since baby’s birth six months ago.  One time was when an off-leash dog came running at baby.  I would have thrown myself in front of that rabid dog if needed.  If he had been rabid.  Or even a mean dog.  Turns out he was neither and just wanted to play.  But that’s not the point...  It’s instinctive to want to protect your child, and when it happens, it feels completely innate.

One way you definitely want to protect your child that may not feel so instinctive is from the sun.  That big, bad, and beautiful sun!  If you’re outdoors a lot lik...

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 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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