When you head out for a hike with toddlers, like we did this morning, it is imperative you allow PLENTY of time to make it through the entire trail. In Tallahassee my favorite place to hike with the children is at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park. The park has separate trails for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders so you never need to worry about getting run over. And it is nearly always empty with very little foot traffic when we go.
The trail we usually head down, Coon Bottom Trail, is just 1.5 miles and goes right past a creek. Today, this 1.5 miles took 1 hour and 45 minutes. We go at a snails pace when the children are hiking along side of us. And that is with us carrying them part of the way.
Of course, we have to stop. We stopped to look at nuts and put them in our pockets; we stopped to pick up a feather; we stopped to look at ants, we stopped to stomp on a beetle; we stopped to see a snake or three; we stopped to go potty; we stopped to look at the creek; we stopped and stopped more.
Today when we arrived Thomas said he hoped we saw a raccoon and Petra said she hoped we saw a snake! And we did. The one pictured must have been 5″ in circumference. I am so glad he slithered off before we were anywhere near him.