After seeing a friend’s Facebook post highlighting a six-mile hike with a baby, I knew that’s what wanted to do for my birthday. After some quick Googling, I found out the dad in the photo was wearing the Osprey Poco Plus. The Poco Plus normally retails for just under $300, but thankfully Mama did a quick Crackslist (Craigslist for the uninitiated) search and found a “used-once” Poco Plus for a lot less! Met up with the dad-with-the-bad-back the next day and scored an almost mint condition baby-hiking backpack.
So on my birthday, we donned our “used-twice” hiking clothes, test-fitted Alessio in the Poco Plus, packed up the car and made the 45ish minute drive to the foot of Stonewall Peak in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Once parked, I strapped Alessio and the backpack on and we began the ascent up to Stonewall Peak.
Thankfully the cool fall San Diego weather made the 2 mile hike up to the peak enjoyable (of course, I still sweated like a pig thanks to the extra 40ish pounds strapped to my back). After reaching the top and taking in the views, we stopped for a snack and switched baby-carriers. All the way down, Mama had the joy of feeling Alessio tug at her hair while he entertained himself from his comfortable perch!
Once back at the base station, we made the quick drive up to Julian for a so-so lunch at The Bailey BBQ (they had no house beers on tap!), picked up an apple pie (it’s required in order for you to leave the small town), and enjoyed a flight of craft beers at Nickel Beer Company accompanied by some lovely drunken political rants.
All-in-all, it was a great and relaxing birthday and I look forward to doing it again!
Photo’s From the Stonewall Peak Ascent
Alessio, strapped comfortably to my back, and me before the sweat stains. Photo by Mama.
The Osprey Poco Plus provides a drool pad that Alessio gladly used. Photo by Mama.
Taking in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park while asking “Are We Almost There? Just 1.75 more miles!” Photo by Mama.
The leaves actually do change color in San Diego! Photo by Mama.
Thankfully it was a bright Friday afternoon because the trails were almost empty and it could get spooky at night! Photo by Mama.
Mama just loved the contrast of the Silver Trees against the bright blue sky. Photo by Mama.
The stairs leading up to Stonewall Peak were the scariest part of the hike thanks to being slightly off balance with a baby strapped to your back…and the fact the Mama picked a shortcut! Photo by Mama.
After an hour and 15 minutes, we arrived at the top of Stonewall Peak for spectacular views of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Photo by Mama.
Mama overlooking her domain! Photo by Papa.
As you can see, the Poco Plus is a winner! Alessio passed out and even kept on sleeping after we had taken the pack off. Photo by Papa.
Trying to be a little more emo with the light shining through the desolate flora. Photo by Papa.
Love that scrunched up smile! Alessio was excited to feel the coarse sand and rub his string cheese in it. Photo by Papa.
Mama and Alessio having a good time at the top of Stonewall Peak. Photo by Papa.
I love this shot! Osprey should just send me a usage check and they can feature it in their upcoming advertisements! Photo by Papa.
Mama and Alessio just hiking down the Stonewall Peak. Photo by Papa.
Really tried to capture the red in the leaves. Photo by Papa.
Mama excited to almost be at the bottom and to take off the pack…so that Alessio will stop pulling her hair!
Just a beautiful tree against a blue sky right next to where we parked.