Hiking has always been such an important part of my understanding of leisure, and with every year that passes the kids get more fun to take out in the woods. This week we spent a beautiful sunny afternoon at the Crosswinds Marsh Preserve and managed a decent 4-mile trek. 

Their short legs help me remember that sometimes it's actually better to take it slow.

My son is at an age where his interaction with nature mostly comes down to hitting it with a stick.

His sister is easily persuaded to join the cause.

Sticks are also good for fishing (and better than fingers for poking dead fish).

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