Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hike #17

This was one of our more memorable hikes...for many reasons. We decided to go to Pinnacles National park on National park weekend. Parking was free and there were a million people. In fact we had to be shuttled to our destination. I chose a shorter hike from a day use area that included the caves and a reservoir.

It really is a beautiful park but I remember it being super hot from hiking there as a kid and it was this day too.  The kids were VERY excited about the caves.  I was wearing Bunny so I  was pretty nervous but I thought it would be easier for me than Daddy

It was nice and cool in the caves and the kids loved it.  There are tons of stairs.  I definitely got my workout!  There were also a few parts that were not very carrier friendly.  At one point I was on my hands and knees crawling over a steel grate.  That was fun.  Right before the last stairs I had to take him off because I couldn't squeeze through the rocks.  I immediately put him on again when I saw the last staircase that was super steep.  I had to lean him to the side to avoid the rocks and he was not a fan.

I got out to the reservoir to find my family and it was very crowded.  Bunny was screaming on my back.  I put him down but he kept screaming then Buddy started throwing a tantrum about something.  People were staring.  It was also not fun.

We hiked back a different route (thank God) and everyone calmed down.  Sometimes it is pure torture to take everyone with us but I know it's good for them.  They all said they had a good time despite our fairly embarrassing scene.

Baby even saw her first snake.  A gardener snake that I apparently walked right past.  I want to go back soon and try some other trails before it gets too hot.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hike #16

This hike was more of a "Pa and Mama want to collect rocks" adventure than hike but we did walk a bunch and explore a bunch of new places so while maybe not as adrenaline charged as other hikes it was definitely hike worthy.  We couldn't have picked a better day either.  Gorgeous clear skies for miles!

One of those weird blue things that have been washing up everywhere


Hiking the bluffs we saw gorgeous wildflowers!  So many things in bloom! 

We went right at low tide and I was looking for one of these guys!  I can't remember what they are called but my dad and I looked it up when we got back last time because we were so curious.

We had this whole beach to ourself for awhile.  So peaceful!!

Spider of the sea.  click click click

Pa and I are such nerds that this kind of day is our favorite.  We appreciated the beauty, explored, picked up rocks and took a bunch of pictures.  The kind of day our dreams are made of!

On the way home we busted out the selfie stick for a selfie with Pigeon Point.  I always feel it after these days.  We climb a lot of cliffs and are bending down to pick up rocks and walk quite a bit too.  It was no 5 miler but we got a few miles in and a lot of r&r.  A success in my book!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hike #15

Hike #15 of my 52 Hike Challenge was a "plan B" hike. I had a different hike in mind but it was raining on and off yesterday and there was predicted thunderstorms in the area where I was planning to go so we stuck closer to home.  I've been wanting to do this trail too so it worked out. 

On our way up to the trail we found a friend.  I don't have extensive caterpillar knowledge so we didn't pick him up with our hands.  He was a furry little guy!

As we got closer to the trail it started to pour.  We could see that the rain cloud was about to pass so we waited it out under a tree.  Baby ran right into it.

Last time I saw this area it was covered in cows but we didn't see any yesterday.  All that was left was their smell and patties! Ha.

The hike up to the top was fairly easy.  It wasn't too steep.  The view from the top was so worth it!!  Amazing!  It was very windy at the top.  We felt like we were gonna get swept away. 

You can see Coyote lake on the left and Gilroy on the right.  I love that we were up high enough to see both at the same time.

We tried multiple group jump shots at the top.  My sister is a big fan of the jumping shot so Boogie and I usually try to get a few for her.  It's a little harder with a group.

We found a butterfly with a ripped wing.  It was very sad but Baby was happy to see one up close.

I'm definitely coming back here.  The views are unbeatable!

We managed to hike between rain showers but the rain was definitely chasing us on the way back.  We hussled down the hill.

This was an easy hike that could be made longer by connecting trails from Harvey Bear or Coyote. 

Hike:  Parked at the spillway of Coyote Lake>Took the service trail to Harvey Bear trail>Ed Wilson trail> and back down Harvey Bear trail and service trail to the car.  This was about 3.4 miles. 

Boogie, my super hiker, suggested we do a little detour to Mummy mtn.  I was cracking up because that's another 3 miles.  Just a little detour!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter Snack

I signed up for a bunch of class party snacks at Parent night back in September and I smartly added all the dates to my phone so I wouldn't forget.  Then I got a new phone and all my good intentions were erased. Yesterday (Tuesday) I got an email that Boogie's class party had been moved from Thursday to Wednesday.  As I scrolled through the e-mail I was surprised to find my name as one of the snack moms. I had a mandatory meeting to attend last night at school so I knew I needed something quick and easy....but cute. 

I always bring fruits or veggies because if I don't there will only be junk food.  I also want to make sure there is something Boogie can eat.  She is gluten and dairy free right now so there is not a lot of options for her.  I always try to make my snack visually appealing and fun.  When you have fruit competing with desserts it needs a leg up.

Anyway, quick and easy.  I scrolled through Pinterest quickly and decided we would do flowers.  I already had skinny lollipop sticks so I just needed a flower cookie cutter.  I got a set of 5 flower sizes at Michaels.  I picked up cantaloupe and watermelon.  I already had the apples.

I cut the apples and put them in the fridge soaking in lemon juice so they wouldn't turn brown over night.  Then I cut the fruit.  Do yourself a favor and skip cantaloupe.  What a pain.  I only got 4 flowers from a whole cantaloupe.  Seedless watermelon is the way to go.

The whole thing took me about a half hour.  Super easy and my kids think they are awesome.

April Goals

Every month on Instagram I've been trying to post health and fitness goals for myself.  It keeps me accountable and helps to keep me out of ruts that I develop for convenience's sake.  In March, I posted some lofty goals and I honestly didn't do half of them.  The boys got back to back viruses and there was some barfing in there and well, March flew by and the only goal I managed to stick with was to go to bed by 10:00pm.

I'm not going to beat myself up about my goals.  I did a lot of good things in March.  I've obviously been hiking a lot.  This does wonders for my mental health!  I look forward to it all week.  The bedtime of 10:00pm may not seem like a great accomplishment but as a nightowl....this is huge for me.  Now I get tired at 9:00 and I can barely keep my eyes open by 10:00pm.  Since my kids tend to be early risers this really works for us.  I get a ton of stuff done before school even starts.

For April I'm just going to continue with most of my goals.  I am hoping we are done being sick for the year (a girl can dream right?).  So here are my April goals:

  • Work out consistently.  I've really gotten off track with my workouts.  I've been hiking and getting exercise there but I need to get my weights and yoga in.  I think I'm going to piece together a plan from some of the workouts I have.  Part of the problem is that Boogie likes to hog the tv at night but I'm just going to have to tell her to move it or workout with me

  • Fermented foods.  I have a healthy raw milk/coconut kefir going and I am going to make sure I get some of those each day.  I am also taking a ferment class this month so I'm hoping for some inspiration.  I love fermented foods but honestly it's a chore to take care of.  I need to get into a routine.  We obviously need the healthy bugs!  I was trying to do water kefir but I honestly just don't like it.  I keep trying and I just cant stick with it.

  • Whole 30.  I'm going to start a Whole 30 on April 6th.  I didn't want to make even more demands on our Easter meal so the day after will work fine.  I have no plans to binge on Easter candy.  I feel like my eating has been great and I don't feel like my old bad sugar habits are back but for some reason I've been lacking inspiration in meal planning and my own lunches.  Whole 30 always gives me a kick in the butt.  I'm sure everyone being sick had a lot to do with my rut.  Hopefully this gets us back on track.
These monthly goals may seem silly to some but I need the structure.  It not only helps me but it sets the routine for the whole family.  When I eat Whole 30 we all do.  I have way more fruits and veggies available and I am constantly making healthy snacks.  I get more energy which helps with the mood around here.  The fermented foods are something I want everyone doing.  I'm still trying to convince the kids about the kefir but I'm going to keep trying.  Bunny has been getting coconut kefir in his smoothie and he needs it as he is on antibiotics for a sinus infection.  Working out is not only a good example for my kids but they tend to join me.  Plus it helps my moods so everyone wins.

I hope to come back here with good news in May!