California Hikes : Codfish Falls

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**This hike was done in support of #HikeForGrayson. Grayson is a 3 year old boy with Tay-Sachs Disease- which is incurable. To read more about Grayson, visit familytrailtime.wordpress.com/hike-for-grayson/

For more information on Tay Sachs, please visit curetay-sachs.org

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With my husband joining the Army, I found that living alone was kinda the worst. I was alright throughout his Basic Training; but now that he is in Advanced Training for the next few months, I decided to move back in with my parents in Northern California. They have been so nice and I was even able to get a job out here so it is a blessing!

I love Northern California and there are so many amazing hikes right around where I live. The first one I did (since moving up here) was actually my first weekend living here several weeks ago.

It is called Codfish Falls. The trail starts down by the North Fork of the American River, follows the river for just over a mile, and then cuts back towards the canyon wall where you hike back to some some beautiful falls.

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Here is some info about Codfish Falls so you can have the best experience during your adventure!

  • The trail is out and back, about 3 miles round trip. The elevation gain is really nothing and you can bring your children and dogs on the trail! I always recommend wearing sunscreen and most of the trail is covered so you will be pretty safe from sun exposure!
  • The hardest part of the trail is the 2 miles of off-roading you need to do to get to the canyon floor. The county stops maintaining the road before you get to the trail so you do need to drive over a dirt road to get to the trailhead. But, if me and my mom can do it in a Prius, anyone can do it!
  • Since California has had so much rain and snow this past Winter, the rivers and waterfalls are all looking really great! If you want to do a waterfall hike, I recommend doing one earlier in the season, while the snow melt is still pushing a lot of water into the Falls. That being said, always remember to be safe- water current can be really strong!

Go have some fun on a hike now!

How I Fly For Cheap (And You Can Too!)

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I love flying. Seriously, being on a plane is so cool and airports make me feel glamorous. I’m not even kidding! I love flying! But, as you may know, (if you have ever even glanced at flight price before) flying can be expensive! In my years of flying, I have found a couple tricks to help get the best deal you can. These tips are so easy; anyone can do them! So sit back, relax, and read these tips before you start planning your next trip!

1.) flights.google.com

It is exactly what it sounds like- Google for airlines. Type in your destination and dates of travel, and tons of options will come up from many different airlines. If your dates are flexible, you can click in to the calendar on the search engine and it will show you the pricing for days around your schedule. Prices can even be cheaper depending on the airport you fly out of/in to. If you live near a couple different airports, try checking the pricing for both! Something to keep in mind- flight prices change all the time. You could use flights.google.com today and look again tomorrow and prices could be cheaper. But if you are open to different airlines and love a good deal, this is the tool for you!

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2.) sign up for email alerts

Have a particular airline that you are obsessed with and you do not want to fly with anyone else? Sign up for the email alerts for the airline you love! They will be the first to notify you of any travel deals coming up. This is a convenient option so you do not need to check an airline website everyday to see if anything has changed.

3.) call the airline

This probably doesn’t seem like a valid way to get a cheaper flight. But, you never know what just calling a company can do. A few years ago, I was flying with a particular airline and needed to change my flight. I emailed them and when they responded they told me it would be over $200 to change my flight. I was bummed and thought well, I might as well call them. When I called, I just re-explained my situation and the employee changed my flight for me for free! Point of the story- something magical happens when people hear your voice. So, if all else fails, try calling to see if you can work something out!

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That’s it! I’m sure there are lots of other clever ways people fly cheap- if you have one, let me know! These are just a couple ways that have worked for me so I’m glad to share them with you!

Memorial Day

We live in an amazing country. Sure, there are protests happening constantly and nothing is perfect. But, I think people forget that we have the freedom to protest. That we can do whatever we want and be whoever we want to be. For me, I can legally go outside in whatever clothes I want and spend the day doing some amazing hiking and rock climbing. I am forever grateful to those men and women who gave everything so I could have the freedom to do anything.

Happy Memorial Day

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 This beautiful piece of Earth is called Red Ledges. You can access it by taking Diamond Fork Canyon from Spanish Fork Canyon. There is so much hiking and rock climbing; they even have picnic benches so you can have a little lunch after you hike! I love Utah!

San Francisco : Your Day Guide

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I love San Francisco- easily one of my favorite cities to see. Sure, the traffic is always crazy, but the list of things to do is endless. Everything I go, there are some things I have to do and then I love finding new places to adventure as well.

The first thing I always have to do is get a sourdough bread bowl filled with delicious clam chowder. Most people go to Boudin to eat this meal which means it is always crowded. If you walked down the block a little bit more, you will come to a place called Tarantino’s that over looks the wharf. They have such good food and and big windows with beautiful views.

After that, I love walking over to Ghirardelli Square. The walk from the wharf to the square goes along the water and then up through one of the city’s many parks. Since it is all on a hill, you get a lovely view of the water. There is usually a line at the Ghirardelli shop so make sure you are prepared to wait a little bit; it usually does go by pretty quickly. The shop has many different sundaes to choose from. I recommend the warm brownie sundae- vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, a fresh brownie, topped with whipped cream and a cherry… Yeah. It is one of the most amazing things you will ever taste.

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Of course, as a tourist in San Francisco, you probably want a cool picture of the Golden Gate Bridge. There are a lot of cool places you can go. One of my favorites is by a historical Site called Fort Point. When you get on the road to the old fort, there are several places you can stop to get a good view (and picture) of the world-famous bridge. After you get your picture, you can continue on to Fort Point. If you are a history buff, you will love walking around and learning all about this cool building under the Golden Gate Bridge.

If you have time, some other cool places to check out are the Sutro baths and Muir Woods. San Francisco is an amazing city and whether you are there for 1 day or 1 month, you will not run out of things to interest you. If you have ever been to San Fran, I would love to hear about your favorite things to do!