When people began to frequently ask me about hiking trails I’d suggest, I started this blog to help other families get out in nature in Northern California. It was a win/win – they could see photos, my description, etc. and could refer back to it and share with friends. For me, it was something fun I could throw myself into and a way to help others, especially since the start of the blog (2015) coincided with our search for a diagnosis for our second child, and I was starting to rely on others to help us.
Today my baby bonding time with our third child ends and tomorrow I return to my full-time job as an attorney, something I really enjoy. However, we are now juggling three children, including one who has lived beyond the life expectancy of age three (he’s 4 1/2 on 9/18) and is very medically fragile. We were just in the hospital with him this week. The baby is doing well and finally took a bottle today. Our oldest kiddo is knocking it outta the park at school but really needs special time with his parents, too. These past few years have really taken a toll and I’m working to purge and simplify where I can…and that leads me to the point of the blog post.
Our family will always enjoy time on the trails together, but keeping up the blog is now something that’s on my “to do” list, and I feel the weight of getting behind on entries. I don’t want to necessarily step away from it forever, but during this time of transition I need it off of my list of things I need to do. I’ve never earned one cent from keeping it up and it’s truly something that gives me joy, so I’ve thought a while about how to proceed from here. I’ve decided to maintain both the Facebook page and Instagram account for Family Trail Time, and lead hikes as I feel up to it (see “Events” on the FB page – Take Your Daughter On A Hike Day will happen in October, I just haven’t posted it yet!). I’ll post details and helpful hints for each hike on the Instagram posts, but there will be no correlating blog post.
I hope you still find the blog entries helpful in finding places to get your family out hiking, and I hope you’ll still continue to follow on Facebook and Instagram. Until there’s a better time, this is Felicia, signing off of the blog.