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Heart Rock Trail in Crestline, CA + a customized granola

 

As a homeschool mom, one of my top priorities is getting the kids outside to exercise and explore.  We’ve gotta get those PE credits from somewhere!  It doesn’t hurt that I’m a nature lover and basically only happy when outdoors, of course.  We are lucky to live in Southern California where so many different ecosystems are at our fingertips… so many trails and new sights to see.  I have a favorite trail in the San Bernardino National Forest, but I’ve been waiting for the weather to cool and the fall leaves to turn before we headed up.  Boy were we rewarded for our patience!

heart rock trail in fall

Heart Rock Trail is a short (1.7 mile) but sweet hike that is perfect for families.  Located in Crestline, CA it is right near Lake Gregory and also close to Lake Arrowhead. It is an easy hike but definitely will give kids a good burn and get the heart pumping.  The trail’s namesake and destination is the natural heart formation in the rock – so cool, right?

heart rock trail california

…but there is much more to see along this trail, especially in the fall.  Now in late October, the leaves have already turned and cover the forest floor, as well as the slow moving creeks.  The air is gusty and with that flies the yellow, green and brown falling leaves.  It is magical and we stayed for an extra hour just climbing rocks and chasing frogs through the water!

heart rock trail california

heart rock trail california

Being the tree-hugger that I am, I also consider myself a bit of a granola expert.  Hiking and granola are soul mates, right? So when I heard I could customize my own granola with Bear Naked Custom, I was all about it.

bear naked custom granola

With Bear Naked Custom, you can create your own custom granola blend with over 50 different chef-inspired ingredients.  The combination possibilities are endless.  Think beyond just almonds and dried cranberries… like really far beyond.  Let’s start with the custom blend I chose with my husband in mind.  His blend begins with honey granola and it flavored with freeze-dried cinnamon apples, sweet bacon sprinkles and bourbon flavor!  Sounds delicious, right?  The bourbon (contains no alcohol) and bacon flavors give such a wonderful smokiness to this otherwise sweet granola.

bear naked custom granola

bear naked custom granola

For Gabriel, I began with a cacao + cashew butter granola (yum) and added cashews, dried cranberries and toasted organic coconut chips.  He is a picky eater (like ridiculously picky) but he couldn’t stop eating his blend.  I swear a third of the huge canister was gone before we even arrived at the trailhead!

bear naked granola

You may have noticed another unique bit about Bear Naked Custom.  When you create your custom blend, you can also customize the label by Bearifying yourself!  Can you imagine a kid’s face when they see themselves Bearified on their very own canister of granola?  Hysterical.

bear naked granola

For Savannah, I started with the honey granola and then added freeze-dried pineapple chunks, sweet ginger organic coconut chips and toasted sesame seeds.  This blend is my personal favorite.  The three additions make for a well balanced blend of sweet, nutty and spicy.

bear naked custom granola

Of course, her Bearified granola was a hit and she particularly loved the addition of a unicorn horn!

bear naked custom granola

All Bear Naked Custom ingredients are high quality and 100% Non-GMO Project Verified.  These custom granolas are PAWfect (ha) for any trail but also just great at home.  Try them with fresh fruits and yogurt for breakfast, or by the handful in the car on-the-go… wherever you are, Bear Naked Custom has got you covered!  With all the crazy busy days ahead, filled with holidays, school and exploration, who wouldn’t like customized granola delivered right to their door?

bear naked custom granola

I can’t help but judge products on their packaging and Bear Naked Custom gets an A+ in this category.  Not only are the actual granola canisters well made and covered in customizable labels, but they arrive in also very thoughtful packaging.  Just see below!

bear naked granola

Ready to make granola fun for the whole family? Head to Bear Naked Custom’s website and have the kids join you while you create your family’s custom order.  Don’t forget to Bearify your canisters!  Use code Bear2017 for 10% off your order for a limited time!

 

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