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Trompin’ and Stompin’

When the sun’s shining, we love to go on hiking adventures outoors.  A few weeks ago, we visited Dunrovin Farm near Crozet (west of Charlottesville) for a church parish picnic and worship event.  There were free roamin’ cows.

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There were breathtaking vistas.

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There was a large mountain/hill which we ascended for worship just before sunset.

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My 17-month old tromped through the hip-high grass in his new Keen® Newport H2 sandals which provided a steady tread, generous toe protection, and comfortable breathability as he tackled this hillside hike.

The hike was worth it, because afterward, we got to do this:

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. . . enjoy the languid sunset on the emerald grass while singing praises to the Creator of this vasty beauty.

My son liked the dogs, the strawberries, the cows, running through the tall grass, and he especially loved his new shoes.

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The most amazing waterproof sandals for sand and surf are now available for little feet.  Babies, toddlers, and kids can all have a piece of this unstoppable footwear action by Keen® with the Newport H2, just in time for summer hiking fun!

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Toddler’s Perspective

My son thinks they’re the coolest shoes evah, probably in large part because they look just like a pair of Keen® sandals owned by his Daddy.  Of all of my son’s shoes, and he has quite a few, the Keen® Newport H2 water sandals are hands down, his favorite which he hand selects for outings.  Once I help him strap ‘em on, watch out!  He’ll start running in place, stomping with a frenzy, and emitting the deepest and loudest little-man roar you’ve ever heard.  Then, I’ll find him walking around admiring his Newport H2’s, every so often picking up his leg to hip height to admire his cool sandals in all their glory.

Mom’s Stamp of Approval

Waterproof, easy to clean, and quick-drying  means super low maintenance on my part.  Hook and loop closure ensures a snug fit on the ankle and that my son will eventually be able to slip them on and off by himself (one he increases his toddler manual dexterity skillz).  The sole wraps up over the toes for some seriously intense toe protection for my toddling walker.

*WIN IT*

keen_logo1prizeypickKeen® is a fabulous sponsor of Traveling with Baby’s Blogaversary Bash is offering  1 winner (U.S. only) their very own pair of of  Keen Newport H2 sandals in infant, toddler, or youth sizes (retail value $50).  The winner will be randomly selected via random.org

1. To enter, a) first leave a comment  on the TWB Blogaversary Bash post about your ideal way to spend Mother’s Day.  Then, b) leave a comment on this post with your favorite place to hike or play in the water with your kids.  Finally, c) visit Keen®’s site and tell me which size and color you’d prefer in Newport H2’s.

2. Earn a second entry by blogging about the giveaway and linking to Traveling with Baby using “Traveling with Baby’s Blogaversary Bash” as the title in your blog’s post.  Then, leave a comment with a link to your post.  Non-bloggers can participate by subscribing to Traveling with Baby’s feed .

3. Follow me on twitter (drdolly) and tweet about this contest “@drdolly Keen sandals for kids giveaway on Traveling with Babyhttp://travelingwithbaby.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/kids-shoes-kee…n-surf-or-sand/“.   Leave a comment saying you tweeted.

Leave a valid e-mail address, so I can contact you to claim your prize, or it’ll go to another amazing person.  The contest is open to U.S. shipping addresses only.

This contest runs until 11:59PM (EST) on May 16th, 2009.

One winner will be randomly selected (via random.org) and announced on this post and e-mailed sometime shortly after May 16th. If a winner doesn’t respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be selected.

*UPDATE*

Congratulations to the winner: dreamer

– By Dr. Dolly
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76 Responses

  1. Our favorite place to play is the ocean by my SIL house. we can spend all day there. We will go this summer again and these shoes will be perfect for my 17 month old. I put a comment on the blogaversary bash link too! I think I will choose size 7 toddler since I already have a size 6 Teva from a consignment store. I like the pink color: crocus

  2. Following you on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway. @lavonnelong is my username

  3. There’s a state park near home with a waterfall and nice hiking trails. We love to take our girls there to have a picnic by the falls and hike down the river.

    Size 6/Crocus

  4. We love to go to Brazos Bend state park here in Texas and hike the trails there and play at the beach.
    I love the Newport H2’s in Carnelian Youth size 1.

  5. I am following on Twitter and tweeted: http://twitter.com/talonsmom731/status/1773564531

  6. My favorite place is in the canyon just a few minutes from our house. There are so many areas to explore there. I would get pinecone in youth size 2.

  7. My family enjoys going to a state park about a half hour from here and playing in the water and hiking up the trails. For some fun a little closer to home, we go to a smaller park nearby that has a playground and a pond and plenty of nature to explore. I would love the Crocus in size 11 for my daughter, thanks!

  8. Tweeted!

  9. We’re a family that goes camping at least 2 times a month starting in May and ending in Sept. If you can’t find our family in our Keen’s we’ll probably be hopping in the streams, riding our bikes or taking a short hike over to the hot pools near our favorite campgrounds!

  10. Love the purple H2 in size 2 youth for my oldest daughter, though I’d have my daughter in the caribbean blue H2’s if she would stop her growth spurts so for now I’ll take the purple. :-)

  11. We love playing in String Lake in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Don’t get out that far west very often, but when we do, it’s a family must. Loving the Topaz in size 10.

  12. We like to go splash around at the beach. Luckily we live right on the Atlantic.

    I think the H2 Camo size 8 would work best for my son. Thanks!

  13. We have always love the Monticello Trail – great scenery, fun bridges, and a good workout!

    I love the Crocus color in size 9 for the little one!

  14. We like to go hiking in the Delaware Water Gap area of the Poconos. We’d love the shoes in Pinecone, probably a size 7.
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  15. Just subscribed.
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  16. I tweeted and I’m following – frmgrljen
    jenpruss(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. My favorite place to play with the kids is at the Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. Sun, sand, games, rides…can’t beat it.
    I like the Calistoga shoes, black, in a size 3.
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  18. I love to play with my kids at the seashore. They love splashing in the water and digging in the sand.

    And I know my daughter would love the Newport H2 sandal in Old Gold, size 13M.

    Thanks.

  19. My favorite place to hike is in the Columbia Gorge. Lots of waterfalls to hike along and play in!

  20. I like the Newport Sandals, size 3.
    We live near the beaches in Southern California, so there are tons of places to go play in the water! Newport Beach is my fav!

  21. My favorite place to get dirty with my 3 monkeys is this stream and nature area in our neighborhood, called “Narnia.” We play down there often. My daughter would love the Calistoga in Jade Green, size 12.

  22. I’d love to win a pair of size 1 Newport H2s in Pinecone for our little guy. As for hiking, well . . . we don’t really hike (we’re more of a stay-inside-and-read-many-books sort of family), but I think there’s supposed to be good hiking around here, and we really should. Thanks for putting the thought in my head! The most recent place we played in the water was the Water Garden at our local zoo.

    I commented on your Bash post, and thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Purple size 13
    My kids and I enjoy playing at the Veterans Memorial Park that is near our house.

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