Hey, it’s Wednesday somewhere, right? I didn’t want to overshadow our RAWkin’ article in yesterday’s Portland Press Herald, so I pushed this back a day. Here is the link to the Raw Power by Avery Yale Kamila article in case you missed it: http://www.pressherald.com/life/foodanddining/raw-power_2012-06-27.html
Raw Power with Kale Chips!
This weekend, make a date to take your family on a hike. We are incredibly fortunate that no matter where we live in Maine, there are plenty of trails for all abilities.
Even the youngest kiddos can go. When my son was a baby we just plopped him in a wrap and away we went.
The most important thing when hiking is to have good shoes. If you go on easy, flat terrain, your sneakers will be fine. But if you start to play on inclines, you definitely want to invest in a good pair of hiking boots. The experts at EMS, LL Bean or other outdoor specialty shops can help you. Make sure you break them in before you go. Nothing is worse than having blisters when you are 3.4 miles from the car!
Every age will enjoy a good hike.
And now the fun part: SNACKS!
When I was young the only reason I liked camping and hiking was because of GORP. And Gorp has chocolate chips in it. My father was beyond anti-sugar (he scraped the frosting off our birthday cakes), but for some reason, tiny chocolate nibs when surrounded by almonds and raisins were OK.
Here is a quick recipe for your own camping Gorp:
Combine in a large bowl
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw walnuts, halved
1/2 raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
1 cup dried banana slices
1/2 Goji berries
Raw cacao nibs or Vegan chocolate chip
Sometimes I like to add chopped crystallized ginger for warmth if it is a cool day.
GORP! Will keep your energy up for your hike.
Place even amounts of gorp (with even amounts of chocolate) in stainless steel tins for each camper.
Don’t forget water, sunscreen, camera, a bag for trash, wipes for sticky hands and to check for ticks.
Here are a few of my favorite places to hike with my four-year old.
Pineland: http://www.pinelandfarms.org/recreation/index.htm This is really one of the best kept secrets around. Just a gorgeous area with views of Mt. Washington and trails that are easy for kids.
Bradbury Mountain: http://bradburymountain.com/trail-maps.html I have been to the top with five-year olds! There are inclines, but overall it is an easy hike and a beautiful place to spend the afternoon.
Rattlesnake Mountain: http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/Rattlesnake_6403.asp This trail gets very steep at the top, but you can stop halfway up and still get a good 45-minute walk in. The views from the top are amazing! You can see Sebago, Panther Pond and Crescent Lake.
For more trails please visit: http://maineoutdoors.com/hiking/hike_info_trails.shtml
Share your favorite places to hike with us!