When everything shut down due to mandatory social distancing back in March of 2020, I had to find something to do with my active family. We were used to leaving the house every day for one activity or another, but when the libraries, parks, and extracurriculars all closed down for an indeterminate amount of time, we took to the trail. Walking, running and hiking became the one ways our family was able to get out of the house safely. At that time, my kids were nine, two, and nine-months-old. I bought a double stroller so we could all spend time outside exercising together, and we started to frequent the rail trail in our town every afternoon. The double stroller was perfect because the 9-month-old couldn't walk/run yet, and the two-year-old could move as much as she wanted, and then when she got tired she could hop in and be pushed. My oldest proved to be quite the athlete, and often outran me! Being able to be on the trail allowed us a healthy outlet for our cooped up and stressed-out minds, and it was the perfect way to spend quality time with the family while also getting their wiggles out.
When outdoor masks were eventually mandated, we stopped going to the trail in town, and created a trail in our own backyard, which connected to a service road that ran behind our property. I was determined to keep our daily walk/runs, and we did. It was a time for me to chat with my oldest about anything and everything, and the little ones loved exploring nature.