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The Hydra 12 Hydration Belt is perfect for trail runners, runners, walkers, hikers and trekkers. It comes with two 6 oz bottles and a zipper pouch that can hold cards, cash, car keys and cell phone and has an adjustable strap. The belt straps around the waist just like a fanny pack. Although the difference that the belt secures onto the waist during the outdoor activity.

Before I knew there about the belt, I had to put my driver’s license in my short pocket. My pockets did not even have room for my cell phone and keys. I had to hold it through out the whole trail or have someone put them in their pocket. The Hydra 12 Hydration Belt was perfect. It holds just what I need. The Hydration Belt does not swing on my waist, it’s light weight, it comes in different color. The one I have is purple. It is sweat resistant because on the belt it has rubber grip pieces glued onto the back of the belt and lastly the water bottles shoots out water as I squeeze the bottle.

I would recommend anyone who take short hikes and needed more movement freely. Having the Hydration Belt made everything easier. I could put my cash, credit cards, car keys and cell phone in the zipper pouch, without worrying that I have no place to put. It was perfect.

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Recap of 2018 & Plans!

Happy New Year Hikers!

I hoped you all have been well. It has been too long since my last post. I am so excited for 2019. I have many new ideas I want to share with you all, but before I do, I want to  give you a recap of my 2018.

2018 was an amazing year. I started out hiking the trails in the foothills and I eventually ventured out of the City. My confidence grew and more friendship was built. I thanked everyone who supported me in my journey and continue to share my experience with everyone. My best hiking trail was Point Lobos Preservation. It was beautiful. Even though it was an easy trail, I would love to go again. If you have not read my blog post click here .

 

Then my toughest hike was High Peak Trail from Pinnacles National Park. It was all worth it til the end. You can read my post here.

 

My largest group I lead would be 30 Church Members on Labor Day to Lewis Creek in Oakhurst. It was a success.

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I also enjoyed hiking with my toddlers. It was a challenged but it was worth it every bit of it. You can read it here.

 

Anyways, outdoors is always my favorite place to be. 2019 will be my wonderful year to travel, hike more and do more reviews. I want to share my experiences with you all and hoping you do the same too. I love to hear your trip hiking to anywhere. Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Hiking!

Rancheria Falls

Hello Hikers!
I’m so sad that summer is coming close to an end. It feels like it came then it goes in a blink of an eye. There were many trails I took this summer and I felt like I have been going on and on. However, I’m so excited to share with you my one day trip with my toddlers. We went to Rancheria Falls. This trail is consider the National Recreational Trail at Huntington Lake according to my National Geographic Map.

This trail was well over 8,000 feet elevation and was roughly 2 miles in to see a mini waterfall. I would like to announce that my toddlers had actually completed the trail. The condition of the trail was well maintain and I consider this trail to be easy. There was no climbing, and no steep hill. It was perfect for my girls.

It was a hot day. There was no moisture in the air. It was actually muggy, humid and yucky. There were a lot of dust each time we took a step. I told my girls to pick up their feet to stop it from going up in the air. There were little shade here and there. As we hiked further into the trail, I noticed there were more shades. That’s when I knew we were getting close to the waterfall.


As we approach to the waterfall, my girls were so excited. They were amazed of the view. They wanted to get closer, however there were no safe access to it. So we sat on a big boulder and enjoyed the view. It was relaxing, but because there weren’t enough room to maneuver, I was terrified at the fact that there could be major injuries if we get too close to the edge of the cliff. We cut our visit short and head back to the trailhead.


Heading back to the car was a challenged for me. I mean, by the time we got to our waterfall destination, they were tire and not feeling motivated to head back. I seriously to do not want to carry them back to the trailhead.  I thought too soon and sure enough they to be held. It was my worst nightmare. I don’t even know how to get around it. They were going to start a tantrum right in the middle of the forest. Yikes!

Just then, my husband thought of an idea. He grabbed two long branches from the ground and handed it to them. He told them to mark a line onto the dirt leaving a trail behind them. Believe me they were so interested. I thought that was the most brillant idea ever. Then a butterfly flew right across me and that butterfly gave me an idea. I told my two girls to catch the butterfly. They were hysterically excited. They were so entertained that by the time we got to the trailhead, they were bummed out that they didn’t catch anything.


Better luck next time. I was just so happy that I did not get to carry them. That would of been difficult right? Well, it took us 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete it. Not bad for my toddlers. Anyways, be on a look out for more trail reviews, group hikes, product reviews and more.

See you next time!

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Before I jump right in for an exciting post, let me explain my best experiences every time I get the chance to hike. I love the smell of nature; the vast landscapes; the fresh air and lastly the trail I get to hike on. There were many times I wonder how I can keep track of my hikes. I use my Samsung Gear Fit 2 watch and record it onto my Samsung Health. It is great but I feel like I need more than just a watch. I want to write it all down. That is why I use the Bear In Mind Log Books. It is the BEST hiking essential to bring to all my hikes. It is a hiking journal.

The neat thing about the book is I can write down the number of hikes, trail name and the date.

I can mark down the level of difficulty, location, distance, time and elevation.

There is a weather section to record the temperature.

I could mark the type of terrain and path.

Also, mark down the trail condition if it is good or bad.

There is a section of who I hiked with, what meals I packed and a check list of hiking gears I pack that day.

The very last section is the comment of my overall hike. Maybe add anything that the template does not have. There is a stamp section that I can use the state stamp or use the location coordinates of my hike on there and my overall rating of the trail.

It’s pretty neat right? I use it every time I hike. This hiking journal is fun to use. It holds memories, fun and helps with keeping track of where I hike.

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I hope this inspires you to get out to nature and enjoy what mother nature has in store for you.

Happy Hiking!

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There are two things that most people I know had trouble cleaning their tin, stainless steel, or plastic water bottles, smell and stains. It can be one of the other or both. I found a solution to help get rid of them and that is the HydraPak Bottle Bright.

My first time meeting the HydraPak Bottle Bright was included in my Cairn March monthly subscription box and I’m so glad to try this out with my hard to clean water bottle.

The HydraPak Bottle Bright is the safest way to clean the reusable water bottles. It comes in a form of a nickel tablet. I know a few uses bleach, harsh chemicals and dish soap to clean them and I am guilty of using one. When I first tried the Bottle Bright, to my surprise, I have already love this product.

First, fill the bottle with hot sink tap water and drop one tablet into the bottle. Immediately it fizzes up. I can hear it work its magic. Let it sit there for 1 hour or overnight for tough stains or smell. The tablet help cleans the hard to reach areas and the bubbles does all the scrubbing. I did not know there was a safe way to clean bottles.

I’m able to use my water bottle after it was done. There was no foul smell. The water tastes great. Before, my water would taste like algae. Yuck! Stains are nowhere to be found. I’m very satisfied that I was able to try this out. I would recommend everyone to get it. They are found at Target and at their website. It is affordable.

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