The sun was out this past weekend and we didn't want to pass up the blue skies, so we headed over to Stratham Hill Park. Stratham Hill Park is one of our favorite, local places to meander around the woods. It has light grades and well groomed trails. Most of all, it's close by. It was the perfect spot to bring Lylah on her first "winter" hike as well as try out our new Kelty FC 3.0 child carrier backpack.
Me and the munchkin sporting our new Kelty FC 3.0 Child Carrier Pack!
We arrived mid morning and found the wind was blowing a bit. So we snuggled Lylah up in some warm clothes, mittens, hat and some cool shades. The pack wasn't bad but will definitely take some getting used too. I hope to have a gear review out soon on this product.
Kitty Rock Trail, Ice Covered Unfortunately
We first headed over to ascend the hill using the Tuck Trail, but found the trail covered over with hard, glossy ice. I'm assuming this was a product of the day of rain we received earlier in the week. Since we didn't bring any traction, nor did I feel comfortable walking on anything "risky" with the baby on my back, we opted to head up the back side of the hill via the Kitty Rock Trail, which has lesser grades. However, upon reaching the trailhead, we found the same icy conditions.
Wood Duck houses which have been put up fairly recently
So we continued south to meet up with the Old Tote Road. I noticed on the walk there, someone had put up wood duck houses along the ponds and runoffs, which I like to see. When we reached the Old Tote Road, we found some icy conditions so we walked along a field, which ran parallel to the Old Tote Road. There, we found many people walking their dogs and playing in the sun.
Field parallel to the Old Tote Road. People in the distance playing with their dogs.
Old Farm Equipment in the field near the Old Tote Road trailhead
We walked for a bit and found a place where we could cut back into the Old Tote Road. At the junction ahead, we took a left and headed over the bridge which goes over the runoff for Stratham Hill Pond. We then took another left and headed down a trail which traverses the banks between two small ponds. It was a pretty cool trail.
Trail which traversed the banks of two ponds...pretty neat!
From here, it was starting to get a bit nippy, so we decided to head back to the truck. But then, we saw it...one of Lylah's mittens on the ground. Jill checked her out and it seemed she had thrown both of them, but we had no clue where the second one was. So, we retraced our steps in full, doing the whole loop again. Unfortunately we didn't find it on the trail. Back at the truck, I pulled Lylah out of the pack and her second mitten flew out. Apparently she was just hiding it.
It was a short walk in the woods and unfortunately for us, we couldn't make it to the top of Stratham Hill due to ice. However, we still had a great time. Lylah smiled from ear-to-ear while in the pack. I think she really enjoyed it. I can't wait until we get some decent snow in the region so we can bring her snowshoeing!