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!

Outfit Of The Day : 90’s Hike

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I wanted to look cute and comfortable while walking around some beautiful Redwoods today. I wanted to bring something lightweight in case it got chilly. But, it ended up being a beautiful day so I just kept my flannel tied around me because I didn’t need it! It was a beautiful day and I was comfortable and felt good the entire time!

Yoga Pants and long sleeve tee from PINK. I swear by these leggings- I have had them for years and they have lasted me and are thick enough that I don’t feel super exposed. Highly Recommend!

High Tops are converse. Obviously. I have had these shoes for 4 or 5 years and they have been on A LOT of adventures with me. I love them!

 

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!

Aromatherapy 101

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I love aromatherapy. Yes, I am one of those people that have tons of essential oils in my house- it has just been a big part of my life for the past several years and I enjoy learning about them as well as educating others. Not a lot of people understand aromatherapy and how it could possibly help anything so I thought I would write a quick little intro post to aromas and why they are such a big deal.

It all starts with the Olfactory System. The system includes parts of the body involved with smell such as your nose and your brain. When you smell anything, sensory neurons send signals directly to your brain where aromas can be decoded. That’s why smell can affect emotion, memory, behavior, and thought. What we smell literally triggers different parts of our brain!

For example- Lavender can help people feel relaxed. That’s because when we smell it, the certain molecular compounds in the plant trigger the parts of our brain that tell us to chill out. It’s Science (not just hippie voodoo I promise!)

Now that we have the basic science out of the way, let me share with you a couple basic aromas that can help you get more warmed up to this idea.

Lemon and Orange- pretty much any citrus aroma is very uplifting. They can help you to feel motivated, encouraged, and just put you in a better mood.

Lavender- a very calming aroma. Usually people use it to help feel more peaceful and restful. It is also very commonly used and can be pretty easily obtained.

Frankincense- really grounding. This aroma can help you feel more balanced and provides some benefits for your skin!

Tea Tree- a purifying aroma. Tea Tree is really versatile. It not only helps cleanse the air- but can help with your skin and nails. This is one of my favorites to help with skin break outs on guests.

If you have any questions about aromatherapy or essential oils, please feel free to ask away! Like I said before, I love helping people out- it’s what I do!