National Nap Day: Hike it out!

When I found out there is a National Nap Day my first thought was: That’s hilarious. I mean, in all […]

Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail with a Baby

Would you hike the Appalachian Trail with a toddler? Sure, a bit of it. Why not? How about the whole […]

St. Patrick’s Day Themed Hikes

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on the Trails I never noticed how many shades of green existed in the world until […]

My HiB Story: Hiking inspires happiness throughout the work week.

Finding a balance between hiking and working. Like many of you who are reading this, I am a mom. I […]

Photographer captures unique family photos on the trail – interview with Arika Bauer

Family photographs. Does the thought make you cringe? Having to coordinate outfits, choose a location, choose a photographer, and hope […]

Combination Hikes are My Favorite

Combination hikes and the art of compromise. Combination hikes are a blend of kid paced or play and adult pace. […]

Finding balance: work, parenting, and getting outdoors

Struggling to find balance My story may be different than many Hike it Baby moms. I went back to work […]

Your Stories – Alison Frazzetta

Beginning this month we are featuring your stories! Members are sharing their Hike it Baby stories and how being a part […]

It’s Not Just About the Journey

It was cold, it was dark, and it was the evening of November 30th.  2.73 miles–that’s all we needed. Less […]

First Day Hikes and New Years Resolutions

I am not a New Years Resolutions keeper. In fact, 2016 was the first year I actually kept my New […]

Artist inspires HiB families to connect with nature

We love to profile people that inspire us to connect with nature. Hike it Baby’s founder, Shanti Hodges, connected with […]

Find Your Park in December: National Park Gift Ideas

It has been an amazing year in America’s National Parks!  A centennial celebration happens once a lifetime, and what a […]

HiB Family Travels Cross-Country with Nine-Month-Old

From Sea to Shining Sea: Travels with Our Nine-Month-Old Baby. We got mixed reactions when we told people we were […]

Find Your Park in November: Death Valley National Park, California

  No matter where you live in the United States, you can find a National Park Service site in your […]

No Limits – An All Access Hiking Family Inspires the World

No Limits I grew up in a family that held an innate love of nature and the outdoors. Growing up […]

Motivation From My Toddler

Sebastian is an outdoor-loving three-year-old. I take credit for the outdoor-loving part. Ever since I was physically able after his […]

A Year of Challenges and Change

It’s November 1st.  I’ve got a bucket full of Halloween candy and a waning desire to “get healthy”.  You know […]

Do Something Hard

I walked alongside a marathon with my six week old baby on my chest. I admired the runners, and thought […]

Find Your Park in October: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

John Muir once said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.”  I know exactly what he means.  It was […]

10 Life Lessons Learned from Hiking with my Son

As my only child, Neko, goes off to Kindergarten, I think about all the wonderful times together, when it was […]

The Science of Outside

The spirit of Hike it Baby that endures for me, beyond meeting up for hikes, is the desire to instill […]

I Cried on the Trail

Hike it Baby Member Molly Porzel from the Harrisburg branch shares her inspiring story of how getting outside and hiking […]

Hiking with 3 Under 3

We all know that getting out with babies and toddlers is hard, but it is especially challenging for parents with […]

Embracing the Season of Slowness

Lauryn Koppes is a Hike it Baby Branch Ambassador from the Golden, Colorado branch. She is a mom of two […]

Change Your Challenge

This past year has wrought a lot of change in my life. Last September, I had just read about Hike […]

Hike it Baby is More Than Hiking

When I first dreamed up the idea of Hike it Baby I never imagined what it would become for so […]

Father Finds Inspiration and Fun With Hike it Baby

Hiking is in my son’s blood and in mine. When he was inconsolable as a newborn, taking him outside was […]

Pregnant Moms Take the Hike it Baby 30 Challenge

We’re kicking off the Hike it Baby 30 Challenge, September 2016! And to get you inspired, we have stories from […]

Hiking as Self Care

It was 81 degrees and 60% humidity and only 8 a.m. The day wasn’t going to get any more pleasant. […]

Find Your Park in August: A Birthday Wish

On August 25, 1916, a bill, known glamorously as the Organic Act, was signed into law creating the National Park […]

Hike it Baby 30 Inspiration

It’s time to get ready for our next Hike it Baby 30 Challenge! This September, join us in the challenge to […]

Story of a Stay-at-home-Dad

When I decided to leave my job as a mental health professional to become a full time dad, I was […]

How a Movement Can Help Teach My Son About Life, Love, and the Outdoors

Jenifer Lacey is a Branch Ambassador for Hike it Baby Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. Recently, she met Shanti Hodges, the […]

Changing My Pace

I haven’t been able to hike much during this pregnancy. My body doesn’t do pregnant well.  Nothing severe, but lots […]

The Olympics of Parenting

We are all preparing to tune into the 2016 Rio Olympics in support of our favorite Olympic athletes from around […]

Preserving The Love

I was naive to the burden of responsibility that would take up residence on my shoulders when I came home […]

Find Your Park in July: Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Every national park – big or small, obscure or well known, nature mecca or historic monument – is worth visiting […]

The Importance of a [Mommy] Community

A “mommy” community can mean the difference between sanity, and…not. Truly. And it matters on a high level for overall […]

Appreciating the Solo, Adults-Only Hikes

I love hiking with Sky and having her explore the trails with me. That being said, sometimes all I want […]

Hiking Helps Heal – Relearning to Walk After a Stroke

Experiencing the joy of witnessing your child’s first steps is a milestone most parents never forget. For Amanda Johnston, she […]

Learning From a “Hike Fail”

Bethany Johnsen is a Hike it Baby Branch Ambassador in Littleton, Colo. She shared a message that she had posted […]

Pregnancy is Not Always a Walk in the Park

It’s hard to remember what the excitement of going on an adventure feels like, since the closest I’ve gotten to […]

Find Your Park in June: A Summer Roundup

So many parks, so little time! With the arrival of warmer weather in most places, this is the prime time […]

Celebrating Fathers and the Men Who Inspire Families to Get Outdoors – HiB Dad, Nolan Hout

Hike it Baby is proud to celebrate all of the fathers and men who help to inspire families in our […]

Finding Your Footing After a Fall

It’s the scenario everyone hiking with infants dreads ever happening to them: falling and injuring yourself on the trail. Overcoming […]

Find Your Park in May – Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park is one of those places I find very difficult to describe in words.   You can talk about […]

Go With the Flow When a Toddler Won’t Move

The scenery in front of us was postcard spectacular. The trail we were on was one that people travel from […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Hike in the Rain and Snow

Hiking with kids is super fun. You get to see them push themselves up the hills, and get to laugh […]

HiB30 Challenge Inspiring Stories

Hike it Baby is many things to many people. It helps us get out the door on drizzly days; it […]

One Mama, Two Kids: How to Hike When You Are Outnumbered

I started the Metro Detroit branch of Hike it Baby in November – a lovely time in Michigan with grey […]

Motherhood – Hike it Baby Style

Did you know what motherhood meant before you became a mother? I can’t be the only one who had absolutely […]

Day 18: Knowing When Too Much is Too Much

Our adventures came to a screeching halt the other night when we found ourselves in the Emergency Room at 8:30 at […]

Find Your Park in April – Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee/North Carolina

Great Smoky Mountains Superintendent Cassius Cash has a great idea for celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th birthday this year […]

Step by Step: A Foundation for the Future

“Lukey’s climbing this big rock! Look! Lukey’s climbing!” We are less than a half mile into our hike and Luke […]

What Does Being an Adventure Parent Mean?

I believe being an Adventure Parent means listening to your heart rather than everyone’s doubts. Yes we should be safe, […]

Time Outdoors Ignites a Baby’s Senses

Nature has so many therapeutic benefits for babies because it offers so many sensations all at once. Facing your baby […]

Day 11: The Snowy Road Less Traveled

But this day was different. Mason was not crying as we pulled into the snowy parking lot. “Make a snowman? Carrot […]

Driving into the Second Week: Finding Home on the Road

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey. – Babs Hoffman Yesterday we had one of […]

Back On the Trail with A Little Help from Hike it Baby

Backpacks, water bottles, and snacks? Check. Extra diapers, extra wipes, and a change of clothes for both boys? Check. Carrier, […]

Week 1 on the Road with a Toddler: Am I Crazy?

Last night I felt like a terrible mom. At 10:00PM Mason was still awake and he was crying. It’s not […]