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.
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.
My son wants to add his potato chip in it picture.
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.
Hello friends! It has been a while since my last post, but I want you to know that I have many things to share with you. Before I get to where is the center point in California, be sure to get your 10% off PROMO Code for Bear In Mind Log Books. Read here for a fantastic experience to keep a log of your hikes.
Anyways, the center point of California is actually in North Fork. That, you guys, is the middle of California. From Northern California to Southern California, North Fork is the actual center point. I even have a photo of the Longitude and Latitude coordinates of where center point is. Isn’t that neat?
The trail was simply short. My children were able to hike it. I would say the trail was roughly one hundred feet. There was a wooden staircase and at the top of the little hill there it looked like a plaque with the exact coordinates on the stone. Pretty cool right? My children enjoyed their short hike. We went up the stairs so many times. I think it was one of those days that we decided to enjoy what was around us. I would highly recommend anyone with toddlers or children to come visit the exact center to California. They would love it.
Until then, happy hiking!
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!
My son wants to add his potato chip in it picture.
My oldest didn’t want to be in the photo so we photo bombed her photo.
My oldest with her Peace sign LOL
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.
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My weekend consisted of family reunion and a HOT mini hike with my toddlers. We visited my family in Oroville, California. Roughly four hours to get there. It was my cousin’s baby shower. She is expecting a baby boy in July. I’m so excited for her journey to motherhood. She will love and enjoy every moment of it. It was wonderful to see everyone, however I would like to share our mini hike to the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve.
The North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve actually leads to a few waterfalls. It was the hottest day to hike. It was 100 degrees. The mountain feels like Pincushion Mountain. It feels like home. The only difference was the formation of the rocks. There were patches of them on a few foothills. There was a stream of water. It looks like it was from the natural spring water, but who knows it may not be.
Soon after we cross over the patches of rocks, we came to a trail to the meadow. Grasshoppers hopped left to right. My toddlers were confused. They have not seen grasshoppers before. I told them they are jumping insects. That’s close enough right? My girls chase after them. One trying to get them with their bare hands and the other stomping their feet. We can hear them jumped.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to the trees and to the water, we turned back. It was too hot and maybe next time when I visit my family, we can go together. Since my toddlers were with me, a lot of my mini hikes with them are incomplete. Mini hike with my toddlers are only .25 miles. That was roughly how far our trip with them until they are ready for longer hikes and much older.
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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!