April Cairn Monthly Subscription Box

For this months box, I’m excited to say that we have a few interesting items I want to share with you. When the package came in, I was surprised it came in a water resistant paper envelope. I hugged it and try to figure out by feeling what was in the package. Call me crazy, but I feel like it was Christmas all over again.

It came with a Sierra Design Dridown Pillow, a green Universal note pad, a Cairn Scout Newsletter, 1 Skrich Labs Energy Bar with Cherries and pistachios, a Cairn sticker and last but not least an anti itch gel from The Itch Eraser. My favorite item is the Itch Eraser. My daughter recently got bitten by an insect a day ago and I thought maybe I try it out. It work wonders. I would definitely take this little cream with me when hiking.

Until next month, Happy Hiking!

Training @ Pincushion Mountain Trail

My morning hike on the Pincushion trail was always a tough one. However, it is by far the right trail to train for Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Each time I look up the trail, I push myself to keep going. Even if it was baby steps all the way through, I kept going.

Arriving to the top of the mountain trail was rewarding! The view was nice and the feeling of “I DID IT” was by best reward to start my day. There were a few hikers congratulating me for getting to the top. That was a very nice of them to say that. Very encouraging.

Pincushion Mountain is the best way to start training for a big hike. Maybe it can be for something else. Who knows, but training on the Pincushion Mountain trail can definitely help me achieve my goals. Again, I give kudos to those who run and bike. You guys are awesome!

Happy Hiking!

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Eastman Lake Trail Review

A few days ago, I led a hike to Eastman Lake at the Wildlife Management Area. The trail is located in the Madera county, west side of Eastman Lake. The trail was right along the lake.

I would rate this trail moderate. Not too hard and not to easy. It was just about right. The trail was short. I would say it’s roughly 2 miles. What I love about this trail was the wild flowers and the view to the lake. It was calm and relaxing. Also, the foothills was amazing. I felt like I was in Scotland. The evergreen grass and the large boulders took me there, but I’m hoping, maybe one day, I would get a chance to tour Scotland and see beautiful mountain view.

Last but not least, my overall experience with the Wildlife Management Area was just a quick get away to relax, refresh, and renew myself.

Happy Hiking!

Frog Pond Wetland Preserve Trail Review

Hello! It has been a while since my last post. My weekend was filled with fun, exciting and great family adventure. This time we took our children to the Monterey Aquarium, relaxed at our vacation home that I participated in the Airbnb at Seaside, hiked a short trail at the preserve and ended our trip at the beach near Fisherman’s Warf.

In this blog, I want to review the hiking trail that I took my family and it is at the Frog Pond Wetland Preserve that is located in Seaside, California. The Preserve is part of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District.

The Frog Pond Wetland Preserve has a few short trails that are easy for everyone. The trail was easy for my toddlers. Fresh forest scent and morning spring filled the air. Amazing growing horsetail are on the verge of blooming, wild flowers are beautiful, and a few plants that looked scary are not touched. There were large vines crawled up an old tree and tall vast trees goes up above our heads. The scenery were beautiful. My favorite was the walk through of the trees. It’s so nice and magical. I’m so glad we came early in the season before mosquito show up, otherwise we’ll be food to them.

I would recommend this trail to anyone who loves preservation and wildlife education or just a short easy hike. Until my next hike, let me know where you hike to in the comments below. I would love to know where you went.

Happy Hiking!

 

Easter Family Hike to Wildlife Management Area in West Eastman Lake

Happy Easter to everyone! Today we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, included an egg hunt with my toddlers and a short hike at Eastman Lake in Madera County.

I want to review our short family hike at the Wildlife Management Area. The hike ended in 20 mins due to the difficulty of the trail for my toddlers. The trail started off easy, but as soon as we reached a steep trail, we were having a difficult time to climb it. So we turned back and figured it was not a great trail for toddlers.

However, the scenery was beautiful. Green grass, wild flowers bloomed all over the vast foothills. It was wonderful to capture the moment. This trail is great for group hikes. I’m thinking of leading one soon.

All in all, thanks for reading until my next hike.

Happy Hiking!