Looking for something?

Sunday, October 4, 2015

My first hiking adventure! + SoulFlower Pants Giveaway!!

UPDATE - 10-14-15
Forgive for dropping the ball on this one. I've had a few people contact me about this giveaway because I completely forgot to publicly announce the winner of this giveaway. A winner was chosen and contacted two weeks ago. Her name is Erin. Sorry again ladies! It won't happen again! 

Soul Flower giveaway ends October 9, 2015


I love the great outdoors but I hate summer -or really the heat that summer brings. I'm not a fan of being hot, it makes me grumpy... give me autumn or winter any day! I know by now you're probably wondering why I'm ranting about summer during the glorious days of October. Well, the photos I'm sharing with you were taken about three weeks ago and those last days of September were just as hot as when the season began. That's why I was a bit hesitant when a friend invited us on a very spontaneous trip to Cossatot River State Park in Wickes, AR.

I decided to go because I've never been hiking (I didn't grow up in an "outdoorsy" family), I needed the exercise and a distraction from the stresses from planning my annual renaissance faire. It's impossible to answer emails about Tudor garb whilst climbing rocks!

Hippie Baby

About an hour into our drive to the site, it began to pour. My husband and I saw the storm on the radar before we left and we tried to warn the others but they were all sure it would dissipate before we got there. Nope.

Luckily, another couple who came along had a stash of umbrellas in their vehicle and was kind enough to lend us one. I don't mind getting wet, but my baby girl was down to her last change of clothes after projectile vomiting in the van and the temperature was dropping a little too much to for the comfort of a damp and nauseated baby.

family hiking


 Soul Flower giveaway ends October 9, 2015

This particular part of the park is called Cossatot Falls. When the river is low, you can go on a wonderfully challenging trek over the huge rocks and boulders. I absolutely loved working my way over the rocks, but when I saw one person from my group slip can fall I began to get very nervous about my baby strapped to my husband's back. As we moved further down the river the rocks became bigger, taller, more jagged and more steep. Even though my husband is a very experienced and nimble hiker, I just couldn't bear the thought of him make one bad step with our youngest on his back. 

I suggested we should find a trail on solid ground instead and everyone agreed. 


Cossatot Falls

Ironically enough it was me who had the accident on the "safer " trail I suggested we take! On the way back down I took a step too close to the edge of the narrow trail, the soft wet soggy ground gave way, I slid off the trail and found myself hanging on to a little cliff with my claws in the ground like a cat. The two ladies with me helped me climb back up.

If I had lost my grip for whatever reason, I would't have fallen into oblivion or anything like that. I would have slid a few yards little ways until a hit a tree. Climbing back up would have been out of the question as the ground was too soft, but I'm pretty sure I would have been a-ok with the aid of a rope. Now had I had fallen anywhere else, I might not have been so lucky. Yikes!

The ladies that had to pull me back up were a little shaken but I was laughing the whole time at the irony of my accident (and laughing is also my way of coping with embarrassment). I walked away from that tiny little accident unscathed and most of all grateful that I wasn't the one wearing the baby!

Soul Flower Pants Giveaway - ends October 9, 2015

Now allow me to talk a bit about what I wore for my first trip. I'm a skirts and dresses kind of gal. I rarely wear pants but I definitely knew that a dress might not be the best choice of attire for an outdoor adventure. These organic cotton pants from SoulFlower were absolutely perfect for my adventure. They had enough stretch to allow me to climb rocks and steep hills, the drawstrings waist gave me the ability to secure my pants high  enough on my waist so I'm could keep the hem from dragging the ground and they were durable enough to withstand a "cliff-dangle" without a single snag or tear!

Soul Flower Pants Giveaway - ends October 9, 2015

Will I try hiking again? Of course!
But I think next time, for the sake of my nerves, we'll just leave the baby with a sitter.

▲▲So tell me, friends. Do you enjoy hiking?▲▲

ANSWER IN A COMMENT BELOW TO BE ENTERED TO WIN A PAIR OF THESE AWESOME PANTS!
Contest ends Friday, October 9th



22 comments:

  1. Hiking is fun and relaxing. we like to go for walks! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I'm never gone hiking. Well, not that I remember. When I was young my family camped every summer, so hikes probably happened, but I must have suppressed it. Now I stay inside a lot to avoid getting bitten by bugs - I'm apparently delicious.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I enjoy hiking. I like to bring my hoop and find a cool spot to flow.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I do enjoy going hiking, but only in the right conditions. The temp has to be just right. If it's too cold, no rain. Too hot, must rain and continue to rain or at least cool the air. No humidity, I want to be able to breath.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hiking has always been an important part of my life. It is a great way to get grounded and relieve stress. Some of my favorite memories growing up were hiking with my family and now I try to make sure my daughter has fond memories of hiking with her mama. When she was little we would make a fun game of it and pretend we were on a great adventure with maps and secret missions and now that she older, she loves to get outside with me just for the joy of being in nature and taking in it's beauty. Erin (erinlynette1978@gmail.com)

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have been hiking a couple of times at the lake around our home but the hike we took this summer with all four kids will always be memorable! It was the first time our 12, 11, 7 and 2 year olds had been hiking. We started out camping at a nearby campground then spent the day at Clifty Falls in Indiana which is about an hour away from where we live. It was hot and more difficult than I imagined. Our two year old did better than any of us (he is a worker bee)! Despite the difficulty, we had the best time. We took in the crystal clear creek and admired the waterfalls, trees and rocks along the way. It really helped us know just how strong of a family we really are! I will never forget that day, and I don't think the kids will either. They didn't complain much and took the hills and narrow paths in stride. When I say who's ready to go hiking again!? I get a big, "No!" Haha. Next time we will take a less strenuous adventure, but I am so grateful for the time we spent together! And these pants! Let me say they've been in my cart for a while now, and I would love, love, love to win a pair! I enjoyed reading about your hiking experience! Thanks!! -Mandi

    ReplyDelete
  7. I haven't done much hiking. But when I did I really enjoyed it. Even though I wore the wrong shoes! I'd love to do more!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love autumn hikes...psychedelic sights and smells and sunsets. Sigh. :)

    -Stefanie

    ReplyDelete
  9. YES! I love hiking! It feeds my spirit to be somewhere beautiful breathing deeply and enjoying an adventure! It's refreshing! I also enjoy hiking around a city, I maybe don't breathe that air so deeply, but I love watching people interact and seeing new sights!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Your first time hiking sounds like quite the adventure. I love those pants!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love hiking! It's hard finding places to go where we can take our handicapped daughter though, so we don't go nearly as much as we used to when we could carry her places.

    ReplyDelete
  12. There is nothing like hiking. Its an amazing experience & there is SO much that you can see that you can't see in the city filled areas. even moreso if you play close attention to everything around you from the rocks to the treetops. Its so calming & its a GREAT way to calm all that stress!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love to go hiking and I love these pants!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I would certainly love to hike more and get in touch with nature after spending everyday in the big city! I LOVE these pants, what a great idea to wear for a hike! Thank you for the giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Yes I do! I live by the Appalachian Trail. It makes for a great family moment, and it's therapeutic. Some of my favorite trails are the Great Falls Trail, the Shenandoah Trail, and the Creeper Trail.
    And I'm glad that you didn't let a slip keep you from having fun!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I love the amazing outdoors! Does that count? I too love skirts and dresses, they don't restrict like most pants. I love the pants you wore on your hike, adorable and look comfy. Thank you for the chance to win a pair! Much love to all! Sincerely, Shawna

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. How do we get to find out who won these fabulous pants?

      Delete
  17. I love to hike all the time, and it is so cool that this was your first time! I hope I can visit Cossatot Falls someday! My dream is to hike in all of the state/national parks in the US, and this one is definitely on my list! Thank you so much for the giveaway, and hoping to hear more about future adventures!
    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I enjoy hiking. Hiking with three kids is not as relaxing as I would like so we don't do it too much now. I have a toddler who gets cranky, no fun.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I enjoy hiking, but what a lovely photo of you and the family - beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Related Content