This morning I attemped to take the dog and a very reluctant preschooler on a walk at one of my favorite spots, Batiquitos Lagoon here in Carlsbad. Jared started out being unwilling to participate in our adventure, but a promise that we might get to pet some dogs along the way allowed me to coax him out of the car. Once at the lagoon, we listened for birds and spotted some bunny rabbits. Our adventure didn’t really get rolling however until I started to let Jared take the lead on our hike.
“Where do you want to go,” I asked. Surprisingly he pointed to a path thatwound up a steep hill. So, off we went, up the hill and along a ridge overlooking the lagoon. We listened to the bird calls and tried to interpret their messages. Jared decided that they were saying it was a beautiful day or maybe they were in church. We admired the brillant purples and yellows of the spring wild flowers. Eventually it was time to head back. Jared decided to return to the path another day with his brother, sister, and a picnic.
Unfortunately I forgot my camera so the picture above is of Jared on a Batiquitos lagoon hike almost precisely one year ago. We will return within the next few days to capture those wild flowers in photos and share them with you in a future post.
I am a mom and a travel blogger. I love to plan and execute elaborate adventures for my kids. Time after time, however, I find that the adventures that have the most success are the ones where the kids can take the lead. The power of choice is almost magical. It makes the difference between an ordinary day trip and a true adventure that the kids remember long after their return home.
So this week have your kids lead you on a spring adventure. Get out and enjoy the sunshine! Until my Batiquitos Lagoon post is up