Hiking With Kids Annette Lake



Over the past few weekends, we’ve been trying to get out hiking as much as we can firstly, because we (my husband and I) like to hike and secondly because we need to all be prepared to hike the Machu Picchu Trail in October. My kids usually complain about going hiking because they’re geeky boys who’d prefer to spend their free time in front of a computer or playing video games, but they also usually end up enjoying themselves too. On the drive to the trailhead for the Annette Lake hike, I told them that I’d booked and paid for Machu Picchu and we talked about what the should expect on this adventure. Ironic then that they’d notice that llamas were OK on today’s hike.


In case you need another reason for why you should go hiking with your kids in Western Washington. Look at that photo: there’s bright sun, clean, fresh air, and the thunder of snow melt in the river below.


Towards the end of the Annette Lake trail, there’s a large, hallowed-out tree stump which naturally my kids wanted to climb into (despite the steep drop behind it!). Here’s BigB doing his best Gollum impression from inside the stump.

These photos are presented as a part of the Photo Friday series hosted by DeliciousBaby.com.

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". . .life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven I'm not sure I've ever consciously planned a trip based on this sentiment, but it definitely influences my subconscious! I've been traveling as frequently and widely as possible since I finished school. And I love it. I love the research, the planning, the fervent packing and the curiosity of exploring somewhere I've never been before. My husband & I are both Irish - as in born-in-Ireland. But we live in Seattle. We have two boys: wild, boisterous, regular boys. So, since becoming a Mom, I've been a WanderMom. Given our slightly-unusual family situation, routine "visits-to-Grandma" are international trips requiring passports, 10hr-flights and (oh joy!) airport transfers. I have rants, raves and opinions about how, where & why to travel with kids (start them as young as you can, I say!). I hope to learn even more by researching topics which other wandermoms may be interested in reading about on this blog. Passports, pacifiers, diapers and gameboys at the ready - off we go! Contact Info: Email Michelle: michelle (at) murphnduff (dot) org

5 thoughts on “Hiking With Kids Annette Lake

  1. J. Is a Bird

    Yes, it’s good to work up that stamina. When we went to New Zealand we hiked every weekend and boy were we glad, it really paid off there.

    Machu Picchu is on my list too, like Susan Sontag said…

    “I haven’t been everywhere yet, but it’s on my list.”


  2. Dominique

    This reminds me of a summer we hiked all sorts of trails near home in preparation for a walking trip that fall in the Basque country. The flatlands around here didn’t quite replicate the terrain we encountered in the Basque, although it prepped us pretty well for city walking the week we spent in Paris the same trip :)

    Have a great time in Machu Picchu!

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