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Central Coast Anniversary Adventure

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

If you’ve never been to California’s central coast, you’re missing out. Big time.

Hubby and I celebrated our 4-year wedding anniversary recently and took a trip we’ll cherish forever. From the beauty that is Bug Sur to experiencing farm life and topping it off with some fun in the sand dunes.

Honey tasting, strawberry basil popsicles and meeting great folks at Jack Creek Farms on the way to our B&B:

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

The lovely grounds and our amazing cottage at A Little Organic Farm & Cottages:

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Farm-fresh picnic breakfast:

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Warm summer nights make for great start gazing:

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Up by dawn to bottle feed the kids (baby goats) and milk the does (adult female goats) – my bucket list just got a little shorter!

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

A little hiking and exploring:

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Stopped by this place (we’ll be back someday to stay!):

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Topped it off with a stop at the dunes:

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

A huge thank you to Gary and Cindy (and shadow and red) of A Little Organic Farm & Cottages for welcoming us with open arms (and wagging tails)! Their organic farm is gorgeous and breakfast amazing, these pictures don’t do any of it justice. And the goats, they’re pretty awesome, too. Thanks for the milk.

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Hiking Adventures: Sitton Peak

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Gosh, how I love getting out in nature. It really gives my soul some peace. Beautiful views, fresh air, animals and creatures. It all just comes together for me.

Last month, the Sunday of Memorial weekend to be exact, hubs and I took the dog and set out to hike Sitton Peak.

A nice, leisurely, peak hike right in our backyard. Sitton is not a real high peak, only ranking in at almost 3300 feet, and the trail only approximately 10 miles round trip, out and back. The first four to five miles or so are mostly uphill (nothing too steep), with some places of downhill or level ground.  The last section is a bit of a scramble up a pretty steep, not well maintained path. Once you reach the top, you’ll find some nice sitting boulders (where we ended up relaxing and napping on for quite a while) and an old metal can with notepads to sign your declaration (some of which being pretty entertaining!).

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Overall, a very pretty hike, that’s not too strenuous, not too long, dog friendly, and close to home.  I give it two thumbs up!

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

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Hiking Adventures: Cucamonga Peak


Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Nature. My paradise on earth.

I just can’t get enough of it and was getting an itch to explore, so last weekend hubs and I took the dog and set out.

We took the Ice House Canyon Trail up to the saddle and continued up to Cucamonga Peak. While the trek up was quite the climb, 4300′ elevation gain in about 6 miles (12 miles round trip), reaching the 8859′ peak was well worth the burn.

The beautiful weather I’m sure added to the crowds in the first section on this April Sunday afternoon, but once we headed up to the peak from the saddle, we were in near solitude much of the way. A leisurely nap awaited us at the top, a midst the amazing views.

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

We plan to hike the SoCal Six Pack of Peaks and build up to some higher ones!

READER FEEDBACK: What peaks have you hiked?

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10 Less Crowded National Parks to Visit This Summer

north cascades national park washington

Looking for some place new, preferably less crowded, to visit this summer? Check out these 10 Least-Visited National Parks via The Daily Green and take your pick.

When it comes to nature, or anywhere really, we prefer more remote locations.  Places yet untainted by mankind.  I am sure a few of these will make it to our bucket lists.

Which ones are you hankering to see?

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Oh, hello there, Mr. Bison: Catalina Hiking and Encountering Wildlife

I was off the radar a bit this past week, sorry if you missed me.  But you probably didn’t so we’re all good then.

We’ve taken a few weekend trips and just been a little busy with life.  And sometimes for me that means my creative spirit takes a toll.  It felt good to step away.  Now it feels good to be back.

How have you been?  Hopefully well.

I’ve been great.  Enjoying lots of friends and family time.  Oh, and we met a bison.

Bison - tiffany laneHiking in Catalina is not only gorgeous (due to its terrain and ocean views), but magnificent as well when you figure coming across wildlife like this handsome fella is more likely than not.

We were hoping to see quite a bit of wildlife, you know from a distance.  Stopping every so often to enjoy the views, figuring we’d see some deer, lots of birds and a few squirrels.  In for a treat we were!

What we were not expecting was to turn a corner and meet up with Mr. Bison, just a mere 15 feet from us.  A cloud of dust gave him away as we cleared the bushes around the bend.  He heard us before we noticed him.  A warning sign, I would venture to guess.

Ruger had no clue at this point.  Oh, you didn’t see the dust, hear him breathe like a giant or sense him like any good guard dog would?  So much for a guard dog.

Ryan grabbed the camera, slowly passed by and took some shots, then waved us on.

Passing Bison - tiffany lane

Not knowing how Ruger would react when he finally realized the enormous creature on the side of the road, I took him by the collar and slowly, quietly walked on by.  You can see in the photo above that Ruger is looking to our left, completely oblivious… It wasn’t until we were just passed parallel to the bison that Ruger finally caught on, then he proceeded to flail his body in all sorts of directions.  Good dog.  Spook the giant animal 15 feet away.

Mind you, this picture does not do justice to the largeness and close proximity of the animal one bit.  He was huge and close.  Or maybe it’s our distorted memory of how huge and close he was to us since, ya know, how often do you expect to meet a bison in the wild?  We were a little taken off guard.

Once we had passed to a safe distance, I let go of Ruger then he decided it was high time to show his intimidation.  Yes, barking will do the trick. Silly dog.

After our exciting encounter with Mr. Bison, we kept on our way, trekking the UPHILL 1.9 miles that felt like 5.  And that’s not a typo, I meant to yell, “UPHILL” because it was very uphill.  Quite a workout for 1.9 miles.  It’s amazing how slowly one can walk when walking almost straight uphill.  It seemed at times we weren’t even going anywhere.  I am pretty sure it took us almost an hour to go 1.9 miles.  Mind you, we hike fast.  We can usually do 2 miles in about 30 minutes, give or take.  It was a crawl, but hey, I’m not complaining.  I’m all for feelin’ the burn.  A workout it was.  And totally worth it.

tiff and ruger - tiffany laneOur hike continued as we ventured to one of the high peaks in hopes to get a 360 view of the surrounding ocean.  Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side and the clouds were pretty thick.  But the cool thing was that we hiked above the clouds.  Just like a fluffy blanket. Pretty neat to see the tops of clouds like that.  I’ve seen them from above before while flying, but never on foot.

We rounded out the afternoon with a stop at Parsons Landing for some lunch and a swim for the pup.  A secluded camping beach, accessible only by foot or ocean, complete with picnic tables, fire pits and wood, toilets, and non-potable water.  Camping of choice to many kayakers and backpackers.

parsons landing - tiffany lane

We’d love to go back and spend a few days.  What fun to hike or kayak in and enjoy the peacefulness for some time.  Truly enjoying nature.

Heading back to where we started, we could soon see Emerald Bay in all its splendor.

Emerald Bay - tiffany lane They don’t call it Emerald Bay for nothing.  Its gorgeous emerald waters are so clear you can see the ocean bottom 30 feet down.  Just marvelous.

What have you been up to so far this summer?

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Night Hike for Supermoon

Supermoon? Yes. Supermoon.

supermoon night hike - tiffany lane

If you haven’t heard, last weekend we experienced a super moon.  Meaning the moon was at its closest and largest full moon of the year.  Pretty cool, huh?  We thought so too.

What better way to encounter this awesome moon than to hike in the middle of the night, by moonlight?

supermooon night hike - tiffanylane

We chose a ridge hike and reached the highest peak in the area.  The city lights below made for an amazing scene as we trekked, guided by the light from the moon.

supermoon night hike city lights - tiffanylane

supermooon night hike - tiffany laneAnd then we did some night light writing.  So much fun!

supermoon night hike light writing - tiffany lane

supermoon night hike light writing - tiffanylane

supermoon night hike light writing - tiffany lane

 

Did you go out and see the supermoon?  Have you ever been night hiking?

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Beautiful Canyon Terrain

Oh, how lovely.

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

Hubby and I decided last minute to take a hike this past Saturday afternoon.  So off we went with the pup en route to Trabuco Canyon’s West Horsethief – Trabuco Canyon Trail.

Since we were already off to a pretty late start, we only hiked in about 2 miles, rounding our trip out to about 4 miles.  While a short trip, it did not disappoint with its rich and diverse ecosystem.  I can imagine in the Spring this would be a great trail for dogs and kids especially as the stream would be in full flow.  Ruger would have tons of fun galloping through the water!

Great weather, beautiful terrain, good exercise and the best company.

trabuco canyon hike - tiffany lane

Oh how lovely it was.

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