A hike up Silly Mountain

One of my goals for this year was to be more active. Let’s be honest, the bar had been set pretty low, so going for a walk to the park down the street warranted the highest of praise.

I’ve got to tell you, I’ve been doing yoga, started training for a 10K in a few months and drinking a lot more water and who even knew, but I feel amazing.


We hiked Silly Mountain in Apache Junction with my brother and sister-in-law and their babes. We had a blast. Arizona winters (lol) > Idaho winters.



It was Bell’s first hike on her own, and she was a champ. Somehow the magic of Silly Mountain performed it’s weird voodoo on the girl and she inexplicably giggled the whole way down. She also kept telling us the cactus was “poky.” She’s the coolest.

This was a great family hike. It was relatively flat with a few steep places. It was great for kids, but I was super grateful we had Eric with us to help carry Bell on some of the steeper areas.


We hiked about 3.5 to 4 miles round trip and blah blah blah I can’t wait to tell you about this backpack! There’s something empowering to me about carrying my baby on my back up a mountain. Strong women unite! But if you hike and have kids, you know that not all backpacks are created equal. Behold.

The Kelty Transit 3.0 Kid Carrier. 10/10 would agree this backpack is amazing. It is a GAME CHANGER. I have some pretty horrific back pain, but this was a dream. It distributed the weight perfectly, carrying the bulk of it on my hips. The straps were light on my shoulders and didn’t cause any bruising. I also appreciate how easy the straps are to adjust.



I loved the canopy (which is detachable) because I forgot sunscreen. If you are a hiker, seriously consider this pack. Link was pretty hangry and tired for the whole trip so no smiles, but I promise he liked it.





I lived in Prescott, Arizona (north of Phoenix) 10 years ago and I didn’t appreciate the beauty of it. But I have to admit, I’ve fallen in love with the incredible scenery of the desert. I started coming to the East Valley once Eric and I were engaged in 2013, and I fell in love with this place right alongside with Eric.

Each time we would visit, I became more and more enamored with the saguaro cactus, and now I can hardly believe we get to live here. It’s magic.

What’s not magic is running out of contacts the day before a hike. Hiking with glasses is my least favorite. Any suggestions for places to stock up on inexpensive, yet quality contacts? Please and thank you.




We are loving living so close to family. Bell loves playing with her cousins and I love living close to my sister-in-laws. We are so so blessed.

We highly recommend this hike and will definitely be back.

For the future, I would recommend a camelback hydration pack. I’m still adjusting to the climate here, and I always worry about my kids staying hydrated. Here’s a couple that have some great reviews on Amazon for both kids and adults.

Youth Pack

Adult Pack


Happy hiking! 


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