Were you a Hike It Baby Facebook lurker at first? Are you still? That’s completely okay! It can feel scary at first, putting yourself out there to join a whole group of new parents and kids that you don’t know…it’s like going on a group blind date.
“What if these parents are all more fit than I am and I’m slow?” you might ask yourself.
“What if they all have friends already, and I’m an outsider?” you worry.
Sound familiar? I know it rings true for me, because I went through those concerns and more. I lurked in the HIB Anchorage Facebook group for 4 months or so before I actually went on a hike. I had lots of worries and excuses that you can read about here. But you know what? Getting out on that first hike is the hardest part.
Pick an easy hike in your area, a coffee walk or a new parent event or a toddler play date, and attend. Just. Show. Up. Getting to your first hike is a truly one of the biggest challenges for many of us. Sure, you may end up doing harder hikes down the road (or you may stick with simpler ones, and that’s awesome too), but actually getting into your car, driving to the meeting point, and getting out of your car to attend your first hike is the first obstacle that you will overcome. Once you’ve hurdled past your first Hike It Baby outing, you’ll begin to explore all kinds of new places.
Hike It Baby Moms (and Dads, and Nannies, and Grandparents) are some of the nicest people I’ve met. There is no judgement, no cliques, and no exclusions. Just get outside with us, and you’ll find that although everyone comes from different walks of life, we all share a love of fresh air and a goal of getting outside with our little ones.
The first hike is the hardest, and then after that, be amazed at what you accomplish.
What obstacles have you overcome either to hike or by hiking? Share in the comments below or via this form.
Erin Pennings’ main duty in life is making sure that her sweet, but very busy toddler, Emmett, doesn’t dive head first off the highest thing he can climb. She is also an outdoor junkie, formerly avid traveler, animal lover, and a lifestyle blogger who loves food. Follow her adventures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @SalmonAtSeven.