– John Muir
I wish that every parent with a baby had a chance to participate in Minnewaska State Park’s weekly “Babes in the Woods” hikes. This program was one of my first opportunities to go on a guided local hike, and I was grateful for the chance to familiarize myself with some of the trails. I didn’t know anyone when I started attending. But just walking in the woods seemed calming to my baby, whether in a jogging stroller or, more likely, my baby carrier. I felt so free, knowing that my baby’s unpredictable meltdowns and diaper blowouts somehow felt less traumatic out in Minnewaska’s majesty. My body loved the exercise and the stress relief. I was actually able to have sustained conversations with other parents along the meandering carriage roads, and many of us have stayed connected even today.