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Taking a Plunge

{the hubster, plunging off of a waterfall in his kayak, Tellico River, TN}

Hi, remember me? I used to blog here! I’m working very hard to make blogging a priority again. I really miss sharing my outdoor adventures and documenting the current happenings in my life. Lots of good stuff going on lately. I’ll play catch up soon. But if you really want to follow along on a daily basis, please come visit me on Instagram! @hikingmama_wild.and.fit (you can click the instagram icon on the right side bar under “connect with hiking mama.”  I’m really enjoying posting over there and would love to have you join me.

Fishing with Daddy in the New Family Kayak

*no fish were harmed in the making of this post, all fish were caught and released and are a-okay!

Little Man has been needing some serious Daddy time lately.  You see, for the past year and a half, the Hubby had been working two jobs to support me staying at home to care for Big Brother.  He sacrificed so much…nights and weekends, family time, father-son activities…all so we could better care for Big Brother and give him the support he needed.

Now the Hubby is back to one job (and my flexible and wonderful teaching gig is about to start back) and life is becoming more “normal” again.  I would like to tell you that there were no negative repercussions from such a hard year, but Little Man definitely struggled with the absence of his father.  So now, Hubby is doing a wonderful job on making up for lost time.

With each kayaking or fishing trip, their bond is once again growing and Little Man is feeling more secure in his father’s love.  The soothing and healing powers of spending time in nature never cease to amaze me.  They had a blast yesterday out on the river.  Next time, it will definitely be a family trip so that Big Brother and I can try out the new family kayak.

What do you think of the new family kayak?  It’s the Big Tuna from Jackson Kayaks and so far, we are really digging it!

Down to the blue hole (Little Man’s 1st kayak adventure)

We took Little Man to the blue holes that lie along the North Chickamauga Creek (outside of Chattanooga) so that he could try out his new kayak. This beautiful river gorge offers some wonderful hiking, swimming, kayaking and rock climbing opportunities.  If you are ever in the area, you should definitely stop by and visit this spectacular place!  Visit here to learn more.

In case you missed it, you should probably read my guest post over at Tales of a Mountain Mama to see why these blue holes are so special to us…

Little Man standing beside his kayak at the blue hole

Big Brother hiking to the blue hole

Little Man was ready to go!

Big Brother having fun in the water

Little Man was a little unsure at first…

But then he got the hang of it!

Even Big Brother wanted a turn

Big Brother wasn’t sure what to do with the paddle!

Leaping Little Man

Little Man’s BIG jump

We had a fun time at the breathtaking blue holes of the North Chickamauga Creek.  Little Man enjoyed learning about his kayak and I would call it a great success. We can’t wait to play around with it some more!