Hiking, Hiking with baby, Mount Rainier, Top Trips

Nora meets the Mountain

Nora turned two months last week and decided she was more than old enough for her first visit to Mount Rainier. Mama and papa were happy to oblige!

Between the end of Daylight Saving Time, a late morning nap for Nora, and the fact that everything takes about seven times longer than you expect it to when you’re travelling with a wee babby with a prodigious appetite, we didn’t hit the trail until about an hour before sunset. No worries, it gave us enough time to mosey along on the touristy trails above Paradise.

Nora insisted on keeping her cute little head outside of the Moby wrap to look at the scenery, so she clearly didn’t mind the fact that we were walking on paved trails for most of the way.

She wanted to look at the scenery

I say this every year and never actually follow through, but this year, dagnabbit, we will send out Christmas cards. It would be a crime not to after we scored this perfect Mukmukian family photo!

Mukmuk family

Speaking of Mukmuk, Nora’s Halloween costume shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who reads this blog. My dreams, thems done gone come true!

Mukmuk! Marmots need cuddles too

Back to Mount Rainier – while we may have gone deaf from the car ride there (and that’s a looong drive), seeing this little lady seemingly enjoying herself in one of my favorite places made the trip so worth it.

Is this really November??

I know she can’t really see much of anything at all yet and probably won’t appreciate the views until she’s in her twenties, but I love being able to include her in our family traditions like this. Babywearing is such a wonderful feeling to begin with (and a workout, now that Nora is pushing 12 lbs!), but getting to do it while looking at views like these? Amazing.

Perfect day for a walkabout

JK got to do the babywearing this time, while I was stuck with the lame, non-adorable, non-warm, non-snuggly backpack.


Our hike ended with yet another nursing session for the hungry little hiker, with a side of excellent sunset views and happy cooing. One of my favorite moments yet.


…and luckily hiking is such hard work that Nora spent the entire drive home sleeping like, well, a baby. I’ll call our first real mountain outing a success for sure.

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  • Reply Karen November 11, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I knew it would not take you long to get her out there on the trails.

    Very nice job mommy and daddy:-)

  • Reply Brenna November 11, 2014 at 9:55 am

    You have such a beautiful little family! I’m sure she will be smitten with your mountains when she’s old enough to be smitten. :)

  • Reply Jenny November 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Absolutely adorable!

  • Reply Nina November 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Lovely pics! That’s awesome that you’ve taken her to Mt. Rainier already!

  • Reply Samantha Welch November 25, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Aww, what a fun adventure! I’m glad you decided to include her in your blog posts. My little man is 17 months old now, and he enjoys going on hikes, too, but now he can walk them :) It’s such a fun experience. Enjoy this time and just think how much fun it will be this time next year!

  • Reply Christina Smith December 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Such a beautiful family! And up on a mountain with Nora! So wonderful!!

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