03.04.2013

Playing Outdoors!

This past weekend we were  blessed with another another stunning Saturday in Southern California. For most in Southern California, that often translates into shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops, and a drive down to the beach! For the hubby and me, it made for a perfect Saturday morning hike in Laguna Canyon. We’ve done this hike many times and it never gets old. It’s challenging, yet not too challenging that you are huffing and puffing the entire way (believe me, we did that in Yosemite… not too “rejuvenating.”). There are several different trails, all provide a different variation of difficulty and scenery. We chose our tried and true trail: up Bommer Ridge Trail and then down Boat Trail for fabulous views of Catalina and the Pacific Coast! It’s about 9 miles round trip, so make sure you stock up with enough water, bananas, and oat bars (great recipe here) to stay fueled and hydrated. Oh, and I also highly recommend sun-screen so you don’t look like a tomato in the middle of Winter (just a suggestion).

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{Just an FYI- the first 1.5 miles is all up hill. You can get through it!}

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{Take this trail to the LEFT!}

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IMG_3378{From Bommer Ridge you can only take Boat trail to the right…. I don’t really recommend going to the left… since it appears to be a cliff….}

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{I couldn’t resist this instagram picture!}

IMG_3389{The view alone is worth the achy and tired feet! We usually stop at the top, take a breather, and fuel up/re-hydrate! It’s peaceful at the top, so take a couple minutes to soak it up.}

IMG_3386{So happy to be at the top! Such a feeling of accomplishment.}

{Outfit details: All clothing lulu lemon}

Just a couple of tidbits of information (all research based) about being outside and the positive effects:

being outdoor increases fitness levels and healthy bodies

raises levels of vitamin D which helps prevent bone problems and  heart disease (to name a few)

spending time in nature makes you nicer, which increases your social interactions

I’ll end this post with a saying the hubby and I use frequently “The couple that plays together, stays together!”

So get out there and play!

Thanks for reading!

<3 Shannon

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