Long time, no see!

Make a Wish hiking photo of boys

Family Trail Time is truly devoted to hitting the trails when and where we can, but since our son’s Make A Wish hiking trip through Oregon, it just hasn’t been possible for our family.

I intended to blog about the hikes we took in Oregon, but so much has happened I was never able to make the time. Now that it’s November I doubt I could write-up a helpful post on any of the hikes! Our family moved (locally), my husband and I have each travelled for work, I received a promotion, we wrapped up the #hikeforgrayson campaign for the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation, we put on a NTSAD Raffle in Honor of Grayson Kemp, I’ve had some health things going on, our older son started 1st grade, and our younger son, Grayson, has grown more medically fragile.

Since my husband and I both work full-time, weekends and holidays are pretty much the only time we get a chance to hike. While our older son is always game, we need to have nursing coverage for Grayson in order to go on a hike without him. Unfortunately, I think his last hike on his Make A Wish trip will likely be his last hike.

On a positive note, even though the holidays are approaching, our life seems to be settling in. The only things still in boxes at our new house are mostly in the garage and we don’t have major plans for Thanksgiving or Christmas. While Grayson isn’t in great shape, we have solid nursing support on weekdays, I’m adjusting to my new role at work, and our older son is finding his groove in first grade.

There’s more good news, and I’m happy it is leading me back to more hiking, even if it’s not as our entire family, or sometimes just with other friends!HLAW gear guide pic

Hike Like A Woman – After being selected as a contributor, I’m incredibly honored that Hike Like A Woman selected me to be an Ambassador! While I’ve had a slow start due to everything else going on, I’m excited to have contributed to the 2017 Holiday Gear Guide, I’m part of the sponsorship team, I have an upcoming review on a Garage Grown Gear shirt, and have plans to contribute to some fun posts coming your way!

10k Women Trail Project  – I’m super excited to share that I’ve been selected to be a 10k Women Trail Project Trailblazer! As a Trailblazer, I will pick a trail to hike every month and invite another woman or girl on my hike. As I’ve done in the past, I plan to coordinate some women-only group hikes that our followers are welcome to join me on! To get more involved in the project, you can join the 10k Women Trail Project Facebook group!10k women trail project

Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page, Family Trail Time, for helpful hiking articles and trail news! We hope this holiday season brings you much happiness, and we hope that we can bring you some new posts on hikes for you and your family!

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Exciting Updates

Make a Wish shirts

I’ve started feeling a bit guilty about the lack of hiking posts recently. To be honest, it’s hotter than Hades in Sacramento right now, we’re obviously very focused on the #hikeforgrayson campaign (thank you SO much to those of you getting out there in support!), and things are even busier than usual for our family.

Upcoming hike posts – Please consider joining us for a free beginner hike at Cosumnes River Preserve at 8AM on Sunday, July 16. Details can be found on the Family Trail Time Events page.

Make a Wish – While we won’t be posting many local hikes this month, we will be posting some from Oregon in late July! Grayson was granted a Make a Wish road trip to Oregon and the four of us will be doing some light hiking and spending time together in nature. We’re very thankful for this opportunity to create some lasting family memories. I’ll post the hikes we do in the typical format, so be on the lookout!

Hike Like a Woman Contributor – Not only has Hike Like a Woman supported the #hikeforgrayson campaign by doing a post on their blog, they’ve invited me to be a contributor! I’ll be writing some posts on traveling to hike, with special attention to doing so with a special needs kiddo.

Hike it Baby – June’s #hikeforgrayson kick-off hike was supported by Hike it Baby and placed on the site’s calendar, and they also put a #hikeforgrayson campaign post on their blog! In addition, Grayson’s “Lita” (grandmother) is hosting a #hikeforgrayson hike in Houston on July 29 and it’s up on the Hike it Baby calendar, too!

#hikeforgrayson campaign – We are very touched by the hikes going on around the world in honor of our Grayson. In just the first two weeks, we’ve seen hikes in Russia, the Netherlands, Finland, two in Germany, and all over the United States! Please see the Hike for Grayson tab and consider doing one – or many – this summer!

Our goals are to 1) raise awareness of Tay-Sachs, and 2) reach 1,000 donations to the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation by Labor Day! Please also check out the Hike for Grayson pages for how to help and local promotions in support of the campaign.

Finally, watch Good Day Sacramento next Wednesday, July 12 and see the Kemps take reporter Dave ‘Deuce’ Mason on an early morning hike!

Phew! That’s it…for now. Thank you for being a part of Family Trail Time, and we hope to see you on the trails!

Stone Lakes NWR #hikeforgrayson

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On the morning of June 24 we kicked off the #hikeforgrayson campaign with a “kiddie” hike south of Sacramento and just west of Elk Grove. In my previous post, just my older son and I explored the trails, but on this day we had nearly forty people in our group!

We were so happy to have so many people come out for a nice stroll through this national wildlife refuge that most of them never knew about!

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Why we love it: No matter what your party size, you can easily stroll around the trails for a light hike/nature walk.

For the Young Ones (0-10): They little ones will keep stopping along the path, finding little bugs crossing the path, or pointing out the animal footprints permanently placed in the concrete.

For the Big Kids (10+): Before or after walking around, big kids might enjoy the FREE Paddle Program that offers relaxed guided summer wildlife viewing and interpretation paddles for canoers and kayakers. (June through September.)

Keep in Mind:

  • You cannot rely on GPS to get you here – From Sacramento, travel south on Interstate 5 and take the Hood Franklin Road exit.  At the stop sign, turn right, heading west for about one mile.  The entrance sign and turn lane will be on your left.
  • While the wide trail is inviting and there is lots of wildlife to spot, keep in mind that snakes are a part of that wildlife. Make sure to educate you group (esp. kids) on how to watch out for snakes.

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Around the Area: Just a mile east of I-5, you can easily cross over the freeway to Elk Grove, or hop back on the freeway.

Photo credit: Lea Andrus-Photography

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