Weekend to #optoutside

On Black Friday, we followed suit with REI & the thousands of other adventurers and opted outside. 

I had seen there was going to be a Wild South ranger-led hike at Ruffner Mountain. I knew my way around Ruffner but always enjoy learning more information that comes with led hikes. Especially since said ranger is a personal friend! It was awesome hearing her talk about Wild South's projects at Ruffner, along with her teaching about native and non-native plant species. 

His hiking pace for the first few miles!

His hiking pace for the first few miles!

Thanks to Kim for some photos of Steele and I together!

Thanks to Kim for some photos of Steele and I together!

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He hiked over 3 miles and finally gave into taking a ride in the pack. 

He hiked over 3 miles and finally gave into taking a ride in the pack. 

On the way to our Ruffner hike, Steele had asked to go camping that night. I had *just* taken out all of our gear that morning in the attempt to clean and organize it. I figured if he brought it up again, we could just swing by the house after the hike, grab gear, and go. However after our hike, he fell asleep less than a mile down the road and stayed asleep even with me moving him to his bed at home. So, I settled in and figured we would camp another day. 

Steele, however, hadn't given up on the adventure plans! When he woke up, he came running into the living room with the exclamation, "Why aren't we camping?! We camp after we hike!" I debated to just set up the tent in the backyard and call it a night. Then we got to talking about climbing the next day and I realized that he would probably be awake at least four more hours because of his long nap. So, mama rallied and packed while Steele yelled, "Campinnnnggggg! Abenchures!" 

We made it to Sand Rock around 8pm & I got camp set up quickly  (ps- I love my tent, so easy to set up. Now to find a 4 season tent that is just as awesome). We settled, read books, and played with our Luci light

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The next morning was a slow morning of eating pancakes, sitting fireside, playing in the sand, and making a s'more from Hipcamp

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After Steele eating twice as much as I did, we headed to boulder and hike around. It was a short bouldering session since we were both tired from getting back in the hiking gaming the day prior. This kiddo is definitely getting better at figuring out how to put together moves by himself. 

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Once I packed us up to leave & driven down the road that leads up to Sand Rock, Steele had fallen asleep - meaning he would be waking up around 5pm. My feelings about that! (also yes, that is Bigfoot riding a unicorn on my hat)

Our #optoutside weekend was awesome & got us back into the groove of exploring and adventures! Did you get outside on Black Friday?