Hiking with Haley at Pioneer Park October 8, 2008Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Just Stuff.
Tags: Brownlow Trail, Day Hiking, Haley, hiking, Pioneer Park, Prescott
Today was a real treat. Because school is on fall break, I had the opportunity to take my oldest granddaughter for a hike. We went out to the Pioneer Park/Brownlow Trail to hike the 2 running legs of the upcoming Go! Off Road Duathlon (GORD). The first leg is 1.5 miles that includes some of the wide smooth trail, and some less traveled single track. I wondered how it would go when about half a mile into it Haley was asking how much longer it would be! My response to that was that we were doing great and would soon turn back toward the truck. This seemed to satisfy her, and we finished the first loop without much trouble.
We took a potty break (that’s Grampy talk), and had a CLIF bar while we were at the truck. Then we headed out to do the 2.2 mile loop. This loop also uses single track and the wider smoother trails that are out there. When Haley kept wanting to stop and “rest” (we were going at a very easy pace even for her), I had to break out the story of the tortoise and the hare. After that, it was smooth sailing! She just wanted me to keep telling her stories while we hiked. This worked fine, as she had her mind on the story and not how far we had gone or how far we had yet to go. When we completed the second loop, she was surprised that is was already over.
All in all, it was a great way to spend the morning. I am extremely proud of my little hiker girl, as we covered the 3.7 miles in about 90 minutes of hiking. She is a trooper, and I hope to get her out again soon, if not hiking, then on her bike!