Our family loves spending as much time as possible outdoors enjoying nature. Living in Northern California, God’s great beauty is everywhere. Our family enjoys spending our time exploring new-to-us trails. We love hiking, biking, camping, walking, running, climbing, and just taking in the sights and sounds of nature.
I love that these hiking trails are in our own backyard… we can simply drive a few miles up the mountain and get out to explore nature. I also love that my boys are free to roam, explore, be loud, and learn as they roam the trails together. Hiking and exploring the great outdoors teaches our boys to appreciate and fall in love with nature and the great outdoors.
Hiking instills in my boys the value of taking care of nature and the wilderness. It also teaches them that they can do hard things. When the hike gets long and challenging, they can overcome and keep moving forward even when their “legs are tired”. They can press on and finish… even when they want to quit.
Before we knew it, we got to the main part of our hike. We enjoyed the slow trickle (California is in a drought) of the Black Hole of Calcutta Falls. They were doing construction around this part of the trial, so of course there was fun things for the boys to look at in addition to the beautiful nature.
Just as quickly as we arrived at the falls, we turned around back to the trail head. We stopped for a quick snack and pause to enjoy the view of the American River.
Our boys love the water and more importantly, love throwing rocks in bodies of water. We hiked down to the river and enjoyed an hour or so listening to the relaxing flow of the river while the boys climbed, threw rocks, dug, and explored.
We love being out in nature. I love being goofy and annoying my husband who just wants to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
I also love the history that many of the local hiking trails provides along the trails. The photo above is the no hands bridge and was an old train bridge. So many fun history facts abound in this area. I am thankful that we are able to explore and learn… for free!
One of the many things our family loves about living in northern California is the abundance of outdoor activities we can do as a family. Hiking and exploring new-to-us trails is our favorite past time.
I was given the opportunity to team up with MomDot Media and The Trust for Public Land to help spread the word about the new #OurLand campaign whose mission is to create and help protect parks and other natural places, right in our own backyard… like the hike I shared above or the park you and your kids frequent.
“The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. We protect the places people care about and create close-to-home parks—particularly in and near cities, where 80% of Americans live.”
The TPL (Trust for Public Land) is running a virtual postcard campaign on their website that encourages all nature lovers to share a photo of themselves enjoying the outdoors using the #OurLand hashtag. You can join me and others by submitting a virtual postcard where you share your story to help protect the places you love.
I am thankful to live in an area where we have an amazing park system, beautiful hikes, outdoor nature trails to explore, and sights and monuments to explore. I know that the boys and I will be bummed to leave this place… but know that were are looking forward to seeking adventure and finding new land to explore.
The trust for my children’s land… we want to protect our local parks and land so that we can be free to explore and learn about new areas. Learning and falling in love with nature while taking care of it is something that our family loves and enjoys doing together.
Join me and many others on the Trust for #OurLand campaign. Submit your reason why nature matters to you by clicking on Trust for Public Land: Our Land.
This post has sponsored content. All photos, stories and the love of nature are all mine and 100% true.