Friday, February 5, 2016

Old Emerald Falls Trail Hike - 6.13 miles

I've blogged about this trail before, but it was such a beautiful day and I thought my pics turned out pretty good, I thought I'd share again.




And it's always fun to see the peaks from previous mountains you've recently hiked in the distance, such as Los Pinos Peak:
And a pretty cactus flower with a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean:
Good times!

I'm always looking for great hikes in the Irvine/Orange County area. If you have one you love in the area, share it in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you!


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Crystal Cove Elevator Trail Hike - 4.63 miles - with John Lee Dumas & Pat Flynn

It was a cold & windy El Nino day, but I got out to do a hike anyway.
I listen to podcasts every day on my hikes, mostly John Lee Dumas at Entreprenuer on Fire and Pat Flynn at Smart Passive Income. Today I was treated to both of them on the EOF podcast!
I had my 3 favorite things, John, Pat & Hiking. It's like exercising with extremely talented business people. I always learn something new from every single podcast that is relevant and actionable to my little online business. And the Elevator Trail is always a good cardio workout and today was no exception.



Always scenic views, love seeing Catalina Island on the horizon.

I'm always looking for great hikes in the Irvine/Orange County area. If you have one you love in the area, share it in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you!And if you have any podcasts that you listen to, share them too!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Today I am loving this on #amazon - Lego Duplo My First Tractor

My nephews 3rd birthday was coming up and I wanted to get him a little something that he could assemble and would be good for his 1 year old brother too (someday). I sent him this little tractor set and with the technological wonder of Skype, I got to watch him open it and put it together for the first time while talking and laughing with him on his birthday. He loved it, I loved it, it was a total Auntie win!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Los Pinos Peak Climb - 6 miles

Los Pinos is the 4th tallest peak in the Santa Ana mountain range and although a shorter hike, it's still a great workout with views forever (at least on a clear day). I spent most of the time playing in the clouds, which was fun too, except when my imagination ran wild thinking of the movie The Revenant which I recently saw. Bears bad.

I started at the Long Canyon Road trailhead, right past the Blue Jay Campground. The gate was open, but I didn't mind doing the extra 1.7 miles each way to get to the Los Pinos Peak trailhead. Plus my car is not a high clearance vehicle, so I let my baby rest up while I got my hike on. Start elevation was 3,405'. It was a cloudy start to the west, but sunny to the east.

Finally hit the teal poles and the official start of the Los Pinos trail after climbing the gravel road for 1.7 miles.



Made it to the peak, 4510' elevation, and did a happy dance.

Apparently you can see the ocean looking west on a clear day. Not today.
And Lake Elsinore to the east.
Will definitely have to return on a clear day. A nice short, steep hike, good cardio and great views.

I'm always looking for great hikes in the Irvine/Orange County area. If you have one you love in the area, share it in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Hike - 4 ish miles

Does anyone use the MapMyHike app? I've found, sometimes, it will just stop counting miles about 2 - 4 miles into a hike. I get a straight line on the map and no counter on the lost miles. Very weird. Very annoying. So today I did about 5 miles, but not exactly sure since I rely on the app to track it for me. Did a tough loop with a big climb and a nice, easy downhill slope at the end. Vistas and views for days and pretty quiet on the trail, just the way I like it.

I started at the Nix Nature Center and hit the Stagecoach North trail.


Turned left on West Canyon and left again at Serrano Ridge.




A nice easy glide back to the trailhead and Nix Nature Center.


If you need a trail map for the LCWP, click HERE.

I'm always looking for great hikes in the Irvine/Orange County area. If you have one you love in the area, share it in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you!