Spring Bucket List: Take a Nature Walk!
Wednesday April 23, 2014see more by lisa
Today I’ll share a little about my experience, and other nature walks in Orange County.
Casper’s Wilderness Park had their annual “Adventure Day” last week that included guided hikes through the nature trail, so when I heard about it, I knew we had to go!
The event itself was so amazing (you can read about that here on my personal blog), and the nature walk was just what we needed as a family!
On our walk, we were able to see towering oak trees, even huge ones fallen in a shady meadow, we saw bunnies and birds, and my four year old was digging all the rocks. California is so beautiful, and it’s so neat to see how it looks relatively untouched.
Even though they were kind of grumpy since it was close to their nap time, and there wasn’t a single TV in sight (can you imagine?!), we tried to make them appreciate it. We kept saying “We’re on an adventure! You are like little explorers!” We also made sure they had some snacks which helped to keep them happy.
One of the best things about these easy nature walks are that they require little equipment!
A hiking backpack for the little ones would be ideal, as a stroller can be quite cumbersome, but my brave husband pushed our double stroller the whole 40 minute walk! Over rocks, etc. Sorry, sweet husband, I forgot the Ergo for our toddler!
Extra Clothing (if it looks like it might rain)
I checked out some library books with some hikes in Orange County, and plan on doing some more because it was so enjoyable. Here are some easy, short hikes that would be ideal for you and your tiny oranges!
Nature Walks in Orange County:
Thanks to Best Easy Day Hikes Orange County (affiliate link) by Randy Vogel for this great resource of a book!
Join me next week for some spring cleaning, then flower picking, and lastly I’m hoping to see a rainbow this spring (proving to be harder than I thought!).
Also, you can follow me on Instagram (@lisarimke) to see how I’m squeezing the most out of spring! I’ve been loving lemon everything, the wildflowers that have recently bloomed, and swimming during the heat waves! Also follow Tiny Orange’s (@tinyorangesoc) Insta-feed too!
Do you have any favorite nature walks in Orange County you would like to share?