One time, several years ago, I decided to do a 52 books in a year challenge. I didn’t read 52 books that year. But I DID read way more books than I would have otherwise. Which is not nothing.
So. I don’t know that we’ll really make it to 52 hikes this year. I hope we will, and having Dave plus all the kids in it with me should provide some extra motivation/accountability. Plus a hike is faster than reading a book. At any rate, though, even if we come up short, I’m pretty sure we’ll hike more with this goal in mind than without it.
I came across the 52 Hike Challenge through the hashtag on Instagram. You can read more about it and sign up here, but it’s pretty much just what it sounds like. They give one mile as the minimum distance for counting as a hike (with the caveat that more experienced hikers should do more than that). Our personal rule, we’ve decided, is that local hikes have to be two miles in order to count for the challenge, but we’ll make exceptions and allow hikes of at least a mile if we’re somewhere new and there’s a short hike we want to do.
The weather hasn’t been very cooperative, so we haven’t gotten out for any hikes this year until this past weekend. So we’re counting January 17 (which happens to be Abe’s birthday) as our official start date. 52 hikes before Abe turns four!
We went with one of our local favorites for hike #1: the old Roswell Mill. It’s a fun one for the kids because it leads past a bunch of mill ruins to a big dam and waterfall.
Abe’s just sitting around being newly three in front of some mill ruins:
It’s been a very rainy winter; I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the water flowing so fast (or so brown) before:
Once we passed the dam, we walked up and through the residential neighborhood nearby and checked out the Founder’s Cemetery:
And the playground:
Then we walked back down to where we’d parked, only to realize that we hadn’t hit two miles yet. So we headed over the bridge to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area land on the other side of the creek to walk for while longer:
And climb up some rocks:
Abe didn’t climb. He just watched:
One hike down, fifty one to go!