Day hiking in Mt San Jacinto State Park
I’m sharing #SahaleSnackers in my life as part of a Sahale Snacks® sponsored series for Socialstars™
Oh, it’s so hot here in Palm Springs. It’s hot everywhere, I know, but I currently feel like an overbaked cookie in a 500 degree oven. Lucky for us in the Coachella Valley, one 11 minute aerial tram ride up the side of the mountain, and we’re transported into mild, fall-like weather and gorgeous scenery.
We always buy Aerial Tramway season passes as a family because we do like to ride up often. Our favorite time to transport up to the top of Mt San Jacinto is in the late fall – early spring when it is blanketed in snow. Needless to say, it does not snow in Palm Springs, so to have killer sledding and snowshoeing landscapes at our fingertips is quite spectacular. Here’s a shot from a past season:
The tram is also fabulous in the summertime, though, since it is a good 40 degrees cooler on the mountain at all times. Today, it was about 112 degrees when we left our house and on top of the mountain, it was 72! Talk about a fresh breath of air – I haven’t breathed in that deeply in awhile!
Speaking of breathing, I forgot how amazing it smells up on the mountain during the summer. There is this incredible sweetness to the air from the sappy pine trees and the cedar trees… oh is there a better scent than that from a cedar tree? I think not! Oh it was just intoxicating… I didn’t want to leave. There is another tree here in Mt San Jacinto State Park that smells amazing – the Jefferson Pine, which is a lot like a Ponderosa Pine but redder. It smells like vanilla (or butterscotch depending on who you ask).
This particular trip was just me and my girlie. Savannah has passed the 9 1/2 year mark, so we are on the downslide into DOUB-LE DI-GITS! Double digits… I cannot wrap my brain around it. She was part of a very committed summer camp this year, a 6 week long camp (9-4 every weekday + some Saturdays) and I think it caused her to mature quite a bit. I feel like I dropped off a 9 year old and they handed me back a teenager. Naturally, I’m feeling those “where did my baby go” pains bubbling up inside me.
More than ever, I feel the need to spend more alone time with her – away from the boys – before she is completely grown up. She did actually tell me today “I don’t want to ever grow up, mom” so I have a couple of more years at least. I still catch her being a kid – that’s a good sign.
On our hike today, we brought what we always bring – Sahale Snacks®. To me, there is no better trail food that nuts and dried fruits. They really pick you up when you’re feeling a bit energy-zapped and help fuel the rest of your adventure. Your basic trail mixes can be a bit boring, though, can’t they? That’s why I always grab Sahale Snacks®, which come in so many thoughtful, unique flavors!
This morning, I grabbed two flavors for Savannah and myself – Classic Fruit and Nut Trail Mix (because this classic pairing is a “power couple” for active people) and Naturally Pomegranate Vanilla Flavored Cashews Glazed Mix (because we needed something fun and sweet to snack on). As a mom, I really love killing it when it comes to snacks with the kids. The never ending search for healthy snacks that kids will like – especially the picky kids – can feel like a search for Snuffleupagus. I can always count on Sahale Snacks, though, that I’m sure of!