Mobius Arch Trail Review

Hello everyone! I want to give you an update to where I had hiked to three weeks ago. I am very excited that after this review, you would probably want to check it out. I went to hike on the Mobius Arch Trail. It is located in Lone Pine, Ca in Alabama Hills Recreation Center. This trail is popular for its arch which frames Mt. Whitney. Click here for the Map of the trail.

The Mobius Arch Trail was easy. I mean, it was very easy that the trail was kid and dog friendly. The trail is a little over half a mile. It took 1 hour to complete because I stopped to take pictures and why not? It was very beautiful! The massive rocks that was over 100 feet tall , and the popular Mobius Arch. I could not get enough of it.

This is a desert terrain. It was a bit different terrain for me because I have never seen a dry flat place with shrubs and some type of Cactus then the rock formations. Then looking at the rocks reminded me of Pinnacles National Park. It had to be. Going to a different terrain made me appreciate desert terrains. Weather it is a Coastal terrain or Forest to Foot Hills or Preservation, to Desert or Canyons. I think there are beauty in it. There are so much I can learn from the habitat such as the soil, the rocks, the trail, trees, wildflowers and weather.

What I love about this trail was that it is suitable for toddlers, children and pets, with supervision of course. It was easy. They could easily hike it. The trail was marked by Ostrich egg size rocks and it was easy to follow it. Another amazing thing would be the huge boulders. Again, I have to say that it reminded me of the rocks at Pinnacles National Park. Then to my left, there are mountains of snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountain. It was pretty cool how I would look at the right and it was completely different scenery.

What I do not like about the trail would be leaning against the rock. They are painful. For some reason, the rocks looked smooth, but when touching it, boy it was painful to lean against it. I did not bring gloves so that was fun.

I would recommend this trail to anyone who does not want a long hike. This was very short. Also, the trail was not too hard. I did not even have to use a lot of my muscles for this. Perfect for anyone who does not want a challenge. Do bring your children to this trail. The trail is perfect for them. They would enjoy the hike.

Please do keep in mind that we should keep all our recreation center, National Parks, State Parks,and Preservation litter free. I have seen trash on this trail and I hate to see our Parks dirty.

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Alright until next time, Happy Hiking!

Where Is The Center Point In California?

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?

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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!

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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Here’s The Perfect Belt For Anyone Who Hikes

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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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Hawk Hill Trail Review

Today, I want to share with you my awesome coastal hike at San Francisco, CA. Let me bluntly tell you where my best spot to take a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge, Hawk Hill. Before I jump right into the trail review and the beauty of it, I thought I should tell you a little bit of Hawk Hill.

What’s interesting about Hawk Hill is that it has an amazing history to it. Hawk Hill is located at the Marin Headlands and is known for its military missile during World War II. It is used to defend against attacks from the air. The missile guns was hidden underneath a dome like mountain hill to camouflage from any air craft from above. Then during the Cold War, the missiles were taken down and another defense system was created and it was used during the Korean War in the ’70s. For more information on its full history click here .

Level of difficulty was moderate.  The weather was 62 degrees Fahrenheit. The hike to Black Sand Beach is 1.2 miles. Time completion was 2.5 hours.

Now, let’s start talking about the fun part of my hike. I suggest you to go early for parking. There is not enough parking for everyone. My plan was to be there by 6 am, however my alarm did not go off. I got there at 8, which was still roughly early. The view to the Golden Gate Bridge was AMAZING! Words can not expressed the feeling. I brought plenty of water, I made 4 chicken sandwiches, trail bars, phone camera and along with my trekking poles. Check out my product review of Zero. Mile. Mark trekking poles here.

Hawk Hill was beautiful and full of history. There are short trail loops to an overlook to the Golden Gate Bridge and a tunnel that lead me to the historical missile. It’s pretty awesome and spooky. There were graffiti’s on the wall. The are two rooms however I did not dare to go in as it is very dark. My cell phone flashlight couldn’t even shine through the darkness. I think what would be interesting was to have a few zombies popped out of the darkness and started chasing me. Haha, but really, it was spooky.

I took the trail to Black Sand Beach and that was 1.2 miles from Hawk Hill. The view was astonishing. I kid you not, the beach was beautiful and calm. The sand was literally black. No wonder the beach is called Black Sand Beach. I sat there for half an hour to enjoy the crashing waves with my chicken sandwich and exfoliate my feet.

The hike back to Hawk Hill was tiring. It was a constant climb. Thank goodness I brought a lot of water. By the time I got back to the car, the number of cars and people tripled. I’m so glad I got there early otherwise it would be hard to find parking.

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