Day 11 of the Oiselle Chase the Bird Challenge couldn’t have been any better. After going to my favorite yoga class this morning (you can read about it HERE if you missed it), my daughter and I went for a hike/trail run up to Inspiration Point later in the afternoon .
I have to admit, I had low expectations for how much she might enjoy this outing and/or how far she might want to go as the trail is mostly steep, but I let her be in charge of the pace and just cruised along and enjoyed our time together.
And guess what? She completely blew me away with her rock star attitude.
She only asked me a few times how much farther we had to go to get to the top, and I think it was mostly to get herself mentally prepared to tackle it. She even took off running many times, completely unprompted. My little trail runner!
Okay, I must confess, I brought a secret weapon with me: Smarties. You know those wickedly sweet, artificially colored little candies that come in a roll? Yep, I hate to admit it, we both love them. Bad mommy. After the first half mile, which was all uphill, I pulled this sweet little surprise out of my pocket. And it worked wonders. Every 1/4 mile after that, I let her indulge in another sweet treat and it was just enough to fire her up to keep tackling the trail.
Here she is nearing the top.
And this was the reward at the top.
Yay! We did it!
Yep, she worked hard. Time for a well-deserved rest.
Can’t wait to Chase the Bird with my sweet girl again soon! Life is sweet. xo