Christy – Sunday Hike

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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.

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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

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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

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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)

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There was a really cool, enormous rock and looked like an armchair.

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The views were simply spectacular

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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

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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.

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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.

On the way back home, we were hungry so we opened up the bag of Nut-less Mountain Mambo trail mix that we were sent by Enjoy Life to review.

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I love this mix because it doesn’t feel heavy like nut trail mixes and it has a lot less fat in it. I recommend this brand to a lot of clients for just that reason.

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.

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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.

  • http://whydeprive.wordpress.com whydeprive

    Those pictures are so beautiful. I LOVE hiking!

  • http://healthydiana.wordpress.com Diana

    That place looks beautiful! I love hiking :)

  • http://luvtoeat.wordpress.com luvtoeat

    Beautiful, beautiful post Christy! I loved reading it! Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures as well. That tree with the white flowers IS really beautiful. If I saw that lizard I would’ve ran home at road runner speed. My hubby always says I’ve got at little craziness in me but you ain’t seen crazy yet until you see what I’m like when I spot a reptile just steps away lol. Hope your Mom had a wonderful Mother’s day!

  • http://www.snackingsquirrel.blogspot.com kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com

    gorgeous views! what a fun peak to climb up! sunday hikes are the best! i love them so much. and enjoy life is fabulous! their trail mix is great and i love the company because theyre so great to those with food allergies, and even if u dont have allergies, the food tastes so good!!! anyone can enjoy. thanks for the hiking pics! loved them! xoxo <3

  • http://anutritionisteats.wordpress.com anutritionisteats

    Gorgeous pictures! I wish we had a hike like that around here (it is pretty flat) :)

  • http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com Monet

    I love hiking…living in Colorado affords a lot of opportunity, but I often forget to take advantage of it. Thank you for reminding me of how beautiful an experience it can be! Those pancakes looked so yummy! Is there anything better than bananas and chocolate? Your blog is a pleasure to read, and I look forward to your posts. Thank you for sharing!

  • http://fitandfortysomething.wordpress.com fitandfortysomething

    your mom sounds like a great lady and what a great way to celebrate her!

  • http://vanillakitchen.blogspot.com vanillasugar

    love it. love it. i need to do more posts of my beach hikes on cape cod.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hereticprincess2 Jill

    Those pancakes look yummy! I love bananas on top of mine, but I’ve never had them inside of the pancakes, those pictures are beautiful and I’m sure the hike was fun and awesome! :)