Random Ramblings/ Health Challenge Checkup

How are you all doing with January’s Health Challenge of eating two whole pieces of fruit per day? As for me, I am doing pretty good. I may have missed a day or two but some days I made up for it and ate more than two pieces. Ultimately, I would call it fairly even. I am really looking forward to ending this month and taking on the challenge for February. This one you all may find much more difficult. Although, that is what makes it a challenge and something to strive for.

If I have any readers following along that enjoy hiking as much as I do you may want to check out a book I have been reading. Hikertrash by Erin Miller is a winner so far. I can remember being in the same mind set as this couple a few times in my life while on a trail. It’s the perfect book to be reading so close to a big hiking trip for us.

Another thing you may find amusing is that the three year old I care for everyday keeps reminding me that snakes live in the desert. She thinks this is quite funny since she is well aware that I dislike snakes. However, she always adds that desert snakes are friendly. Like that fact will help ease my fear of these creatures.

Let’s move onto food. Have you tried the new almond milk coffee creamer called Califia Farms? I am a coffee creamer lover and let me tell you this is terrific. It comes in four different flavors, is low in calories, and will give you a good reason to get out of bed on a cold morning.

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Well, I suppose that’s all for this week. Weekend plans consists of some gym workouts, menu planning, and good ole grocery shopping. Doesn’t it sound like I lead a wonderful excitement filled life on the weekends? Don’t get me wrong, come summer time and I will have every weekend booked so right now, I can deal with boring routine weekends.

Stop back on Sunday and take a glance at our menu plans for next week. Maybe you will be inspired to prepare and enjoy a meal at home with your family.

Have a great weekend:)

 

Just Struggling….

Reviews, reviews, reviews…..I have literally read hundreds in the past two weeks. The hardest part is that it is someone’s opinion. Not a fact, not a lie, just an opinion. HELP!!!

Let me explain a bit. I have been struggling to plan a winter vacation for my husband and I. We are going somewhere sunny and warm in the middle of winter. I could not be happier….but we plan to hike while on vacation and that is where the issue is. I have read what many, many others have said about the area we plan to hike. Some say don’t try it without a guide. Some say it’s easy and a great place to hike. There is no middle of the line. Some say the hike has literally exhausted them for the rest of the day and some say it was an easy hike and very enjoyable. Again, no middle of the line.

Which leaves me with the big question. Hire a guide or don’t hire a guide? I did talk with a few guides and they all asked very specific questions like, where do we usually hike, do we have any elevation, how far are our typical hikes, and so on.  When I answered them and also added that we hiked Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park  one year ago, which was our biggest elevation ever, they all said the same exact thing. “OH, that is extreme, you will have no problem then.” Which I kind of knew but the reviews all say that the trails we have in mind can be very hard to follow and are not well marked. (Let me remind you, we were guided in Zion National Park) I am not concerned about mileage or elevation. I am concerned about getting lost in the desert!!!

So I sit waiting for another guide to email or call me back and hopefully get more in depth information on whether they think we can handle this one on our own or not….more to come when I finally figure this out.

What would you do?