Hope everyone out there had a wonderful mother’s day!!
When I was a little girl, my mother was a force to be reckoned with. She was a single parent and has worked more than one job for as long as I can remember. But she loved to play too. She was very athletic, played all kinds of sports and we would often have a family game of basketball after dinner (being the youngest and smallest, I usually lost that game). Though we didn’t usually go far, she loved to take us on adventures like camping and hiking trips in Brown County.
My mom really taught me what it meant to be a strong independent woman. And by witnessing her adventures and spirit of life, I learned that it was possible for me as well. My mom lives in Indiana where I grew up so most of the adventures we have now are when one of us has a chance to visit the other one at their house. But I am really looking forward to a time when we are all able to take new adventures and include the new members of our families (my husband and my brother’s wife).
In the meantime, I have been exploring California just the way my mom would have liked – adventures as often as possible. In honor of my mom, Jeff and I looked up a hike on the Modern Hiker blog and picked one of his “Best of LA” hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Jeff made pancakes for breakfast (boy it has been a long time since I had pancakes!) with bananas and chocolate chips. And two pieces of turkey bacon on the side.
Then we hopped in the car and started the trek to the PCH and up to the Sandstone Hike. I am not going to lie, this was a long trip to get to the hike. In fact, we had planned on doing the full 7 mile hike, but we go confused and ended up at the wrong entrance. So we just did the 3 mile hike to the top of the Sandstone Peak and back.
The sign at the start
The wildflowers were “oh my gosh” beautiful. And there were some ones I had never seen before. Like this one that had a beautiful white bloom on top but the stalk was thick and green. Jeff said it looked like a huge asparagus
We stopped many times to listen to the (really strong) wind blow through the trees and bushes. We saw tons of lizards sunning themselves. (can you see him)
There was a really cool, enormous rock and looked like an armchair.
The views were simply spectacular
The path has a lot of little rocks and is a steady up grade all the way to the top. We finally reached the final stretch, marked by this sign
This is definitely a steep upgrade on rock, but there are a lot of easy foot steps on the rock. What I was the most surprised about was the WIND!! It was so incredibly strong, I had to sit down when we got to the peak as we were looking around because I was afraid I would blow over.
The view was incredible, just breath taking. Round trip, it took us about 2 hours at a slow pace. It was a little tougher than I thought it would be but Modern Hiker was right, it was worth it.
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This flavor is awesome. The dried apples are cut in small chunks and there were little chocolate pieces that gave it just the right amount of chocolate.
I am not sure my mom is into hiking anymore but I think she would have loved the flowers and the view. I love you mom, happy mother’s day.