Family Hiking at Hillsborough River State Park | April 2013
Trying to get in the last of the spring hikes before the bugs come out in full force is tricky, but we sure got lucky this day! We had a great group of 6 persons come out for a guided hike with Not a Clue Adventures. Sometimes it can be a challenge when there are young ones on a hike, but you just need to remember to get down on their level!
Keeping the hike full of interesting stops and pointing out all the many things that can be seen on the way keeps the young ones interested. We stopped and looked at old giant trees (and hollow ones!) There were wild edibles to nibble on along the path and fish, flowers and bridges that all required the time to stop, observe and experience.
We talked about where Tampa gets most of its drinking water and how long it takes to get there from here. The kids marveled at the clear fresh water and the fish they could see swimming down the river. They were excited to see turtles and birds and lizards of all types.
We stopped to rest along the river and listened to the water at the rapids going over the ancient rocks. The children could hear the music of mother earth in a place of peace and they listened. I learned later that the mom of the two young boys has a wonderful website featuring children’s music www.swingwhistlezing.com – stop by for a visit!
Remember – Children will be at home in the outdoors when encouraged. Be patient, don’t rush, learn to see the little things – at their level. Keep the walk interesting for them, don’t spent the time looking at your smart phone….Share your children’s experiences and see life through their eyes…..you might just learn something in the process.
For more information on Hillsborough River State Park visit their website at: http://www.floridastateparks.org/hillsboroughriver/
Want to take a guided hike and see what you are missing? Visit Not a Clue Adventures at http://www.notaclueadventures.com/