I am blessed to not only have an amazing job and great coworkers, but to be the Den leader for an amazing group of Webelo Cub Scouts here in FABULOUS Las Vegas. No, they don’t learn how to deal blackjack; yes there are actually an amazing number of great hiking trails, fishing spots and outdoors things to do in and around Las Vegas. One of my favorite things to do with my son and my Scouts is go hiking! If you want to have an incredible conversation with any kid, take them where there is no cell phone reception and leave their game system behind. I’ve come to realize that my little boy is becoming a pretty awesome young man through the conversations we have while hiking. After all, no kid will ever remember a day spent inside watching TV.
Curvy girls have a some challenges when it comes to getting outside and playing with our kids, friends and family. First of all, we have the challenge of the inside of our heads, telling us that we can’t do it and that we’ll just embarrass ourselves if we try to go hiking because we won’t look like the others, or that we may struggle to keep up.
Just by taking the first step outside, you’ve already won half that battle! Get up, get out, and do that ONE thing that you’ve not done before. If it’s your kids that you are hiking with, trust me when I say they don’t care what you look like, they care more that you are outside and playing with them. Your time and your presence is often the thing they want more than any other presents you can give them.
Second, we have the challenge of finding gear that is a little more comfortable to hike in than jeans and an old t-shirt. Thankfully, companies like Columbia and Soybu have recognized that curvy gals (and bigger guys) want and need comfortable tech gear for outdoor adventures.
1. Columbia Plus Size Skiff Guide 3/4 Sleeve Top
2. Soybu Plus Size Alicia Tank
3. Columbia Plus Size Bahama Long Sleeve
4. Columbia Plus Size Back Beauty Boot Cut Pant
5. Columbia Plus Size Camp Henry Shirt
6. Soybu Plus Size Killer Caboose Crop Pant
7. Terramar Plus Size Short Sleeve Scoop Top
8. Columbia Plus Size Reel Beauty II Maxi Dress
9. Columbia Plus Size Splash A Little Rain Jacket
10. Big Agnes Chair Elite
11. High Sierra Piranha 10L Hydration Pack
12. Keen Whisper Sandal
SHOP PLUS SIZE ACTIVE CLOTHING >>
Breathable fabrics, moisture wicking and cooling fabrics with built in UPF? Yes, please! Thank you, Columbia, for the AMAZING fabric that is Omni-Freeze ZERO! Bags with built-in hydration systems with straps that do well on wider shoulders let you enjoy a longer hike, and chairs by Big Agnes pack light and small while holding up to 320 pounds, which means your little one can sit on your lap while you roast marshmallows together and make memories -- and s’mores!
Finally, we have the challenge of figuring out where to start when we want to get out more. For that, I recommend checking out the National Parks Service website. Parks aren’t just in the wilderness; they’re all over, including the middle of some urban downtown areas. Not only is there planning information, but they are rock stars at rating their trails for hiking based on your ability, as well as for kids, stroller, and wheelchair accessibility.
Have a great time getting out and enjoying the great outdoors; if you’re rocking our anything featured here on #WellRoundedWednesday, please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see enjoying the great outdoors and rocking your Zappos looks!