Thursday, March 19, 2009

Backpacking with the Boys

Now that the weather is getting nicer, we are itching to take the boys on their first camping trip. We have taken them on a few hikes on the trails in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve behind the Elachee Nature Science Center, and they loved it! The trails feature many creeks that Brady & Cooper love to run to for a quick cool down. They love to swim and go on walks, so I can only imagine how much they will love camping! When searching for a great spot for their first trip (one that's dog-friendly, a little bit challenging, but not too much for their adventure), I came across a great book called "Best Hikes with Dogs." The version I bought features trails in Georgia and South Carolina, but a quick search at Barnes & Noble found similar books for many other states as well. The authors have hiked thousands of miles with their yellow lab, Rebel, and they offer a ton of great tips for planning a fun and safe trip with your dogs. A must read for anyone considering backpacking with their boys (or girls :)

As of now, we have a backpacking weekend planned for the first part of April, so we'll be spending the next few weeks getting the boys in shape and outfitted for their trip. Cute pictures of the boys with their gear coming soon!


  1. OH wow I'm so jealous I want to run around in the woods with some cute little puppies! Hope you have lots of fun.

  2. I'd love to take my little girl camping! My boyfriend said we could just as soon as it gets warm enough (she doesn't have much fur on her tummy and gets cold easily).

  3. Thank you, thecraftbegins!

    SleightGirl, if you're looking for dog coats, check out Ruff Wear, they have a few cute coats that would be great for cold weather.


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