For Memorial weekend I took my toddlers out to Yosemite National Park. I thought it would be a fun experience to try the Lower Yosemite Falls loop. The weather was great. It was cloudy, breezy, partial sunny and fresh. My children loved it. I loved it.

It was a busy weekend. I have got to say that my toddlers does not have a sense of going one way direction. It made it difficult to track them until people started to move aside. Unfortunately one of my toddler walked right into the moving crowd and tripped. Staying close and holding their hands were the only option to keep them from harm. If you are thinking, “Why didn’t you bring a stroller?”. Well, we did, but did not use it. My husband thought it would be a short hike. Lesson learned.

I had a rough hike with my toddlers though. We can never get perfect family photo shoot. Next time, when they are a little older, we can try this again. Thanks for tuning in!

 

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Hey there! It has been a while since my last post, but this week, I am excited to say that there are a few interesting trails I would like to share with you all.

Buck Ridge Trail is located in Hansley Lake. It is roughly 30 mins from Fresno. The trail is 3.1 miles and it can be completed in 1 hour. I took my toddlers out to try the Buck Ridge Trail and we did not get to far into the trail. My toddlers were distracted from the dirt, grass and rocks. It was amazing to see they are learning from everything they saw.

Maybe in my future group hikes, I can take them to try this trail. I’m sure they will love it.

Happy Hiking!

This weekend I wanted to take the time to spend a beautiful memory with my two toddlers. We went to Millerton Lake State Recreation Area: South Shore Area. It is roughly 20 miles from Fresno. There was an entrance fee of ten dollars.

It was the prefect day to spend quality time with families and friends. The recreation was full of people and the water level was moderately high. I water was perfect for the girls to swim. They didn’t want to get out. They had so much fun.

After their swim, we did a short hike to Blue Oak trail. According to All Trails.com, Blue Oak trail is roughly 6.3 miles out and back. Now hiking with toddlers, there is a limit for them to hike until they wanted to be held. We hiked a total of 1/2 a mile round trip to the trail head.

The trail was decent for them to hike on. There were a few ditches we had to watch out for and the trail is right along the lake with a sheer drop in certain areas. The wild flowers were beautiful. My girls can’t help it, but to hand picked them. The sunset was also amazing.

In any event, I hope one day I would complete this trail with a few girls of mine and review this wonderful trail that is 20 minutes from town. I think it would be fun to enjoy the view of the lake before the temperature rises to the nineties.

Happy Hiking!

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This weekend I reviewed Way-of-the-Mono trail in Bass Lake. It is rated easy and is roughly 1.2 mile. The weather was beautiful. Sunny and breezy.

Starting off the trail was a bit moderate until I reached an overlook. It was a great view to Bass Lake. However, it saddened me that the wild fire had reached there. I saw burned trees. From the look of the burn trees, it looked like it was 5 to 7 years ago. I can tell because fresh shrubs and wild flowers grew around the trees. I don’t remembered when the fire reached to Bass Lake, but it was horrible to see the damage.

The trail soon goes up to a steep hill side until I reached a dirt road. Then down to a dead end. The whole mountain side was burned and the trail was no where to be seen. I do not want to turn back. I’m sure there was a trail somewhere. I kept hiking and soon found the trail. It seems like I had pass the trail when I was on the dirt road.

I would personally rate this trail Moderate. There were steep trail side and because the scar from the fire, the trail was a bit hard to find. I hope one day the trail would come back alive with beautiful trees and shrubs.

Happy Hiking!

The original plan was to go to Moro Rock at Sequoia National Park, however I checked the weather and the Alerts on the National Park website. It required vehicles to have tire chains due to icy road. It was free entrance to National Park week and it was a perfect time to go. I do not know how to properly install tire chains, so there was a last minute change to hike at the coast.

My weekend consisted of great friendship, relaxation, and trail review to Point Lobos State Reserve near Monterey Bay. It was beautiful and surreal. The trails were easy. There were short trails that led to another trail. We had completed 7 miles. The view was magnificent. I couldn’t explain it any other way. Wild flowers were blooming left to right and wild succulents too. The weather was just right. The breeze went against my skin and the fresh sea salt water filled my nose and lungs. It was amazing! I’m so glad that we changed our hike to the coast. I’m thinking when summer gets closer, our group hike can go to Moro Rock.

Until our next group hike, happy hiking!

For a full gallery of our last group hike, you can go to my Facebook page @melanie.shiking to view them.