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!

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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How To Get Rid of Foul Smell & Stains From Your Water Bottles

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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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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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