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hydration and hiking in Whitewater Preserve {happy trails}

This whitewater preserve California hike with cantaloupe cucumber electrolyte juice has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerHydration #CollectiveBias

This summer we have been completely obsessed with heading to Whitewater, California.  18 miles out of Palm Springs, you stumble across an oasis in the desert – Whitewater River surrounded by lush, green plants and stunning mountains. There is something so incredible about driving along, watching landscapes and ecosystems change right before your eyes, and all because of water.  The desert is a magical place.

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There are a lot of things to do in Whitewater, and it is known for its desert-defying river and trout farm, but hiking trails there are everything.  The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) runs through Whitewater, which I find fascinating.  This long distance hike (2,663 miles) starts in Mexico, goes through California, Oregon and Washington, straight to Canada.  This trail is no joke, right?! Bucket list.  For the rest of us, there are a ton of other gorgeous trails that I will be posting about very soon.

pct whitewater preserve

When I am out hiking, I bring a lot of water and I keep extra water in the car.  I can easily drink a full liter of water when I get back to my car before I drive off.  Dehydrating in the desert is scarily easily and it really sneaks up on you.  It’s a dry heat thing.  You have to stay ahead of it or you’re taking a risk.  Water is life.


I often take my kids out adventuring with me; it’s kind of our thing. Our best moments and memories are outdoors, celebrating our gorgeous planet and getting away from fast-paced life.  I’d love to be able to fall off the grid even more, unfortunately kids and work keep me from staying away too long… but I’ll take what I can get.


Kids raise the hydration ante, though – gotta keep them super hydrated.  Both of my kids enjoy water but to encourage them to drink more, I always infuse their adventuring water with fresh juices. Simply adding citrus is a great idea, a boost of vitamins, but if you have the time to juice or blend, do it!  Your kids will drink more and so will you.

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Thinking about replenishing electrolytes and vitamins, I often choose cantaloupe, celery and cucumber (with a bit of lime).  These are mild flavors that won’t overpower when you are hot and possibly nauseated.  No one wants anything super heavy drink out on a hike, right?  This trio is so yummy and thinned with smartwater, perfection.

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Cantaloupe Cucumber Electrolyte Juice

  • 2 celery stalks. roughly chopped
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cantaloupe, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • smartwater to fill
  1.  Place ingredients in the blender in order listed.  Fill with smartwater to desired consistency.
  2.  Blend.  Strain.  Enjoy.

If at home, mix some of the juice with Greek yogurt (about a 2:1 ratio) and diced cantaloupe and freeze for super yummy fruit bars!  If you have it on hand, toss in some granola and you have breakfast fruit bars.  <– the favorite in our home.


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Find all ingredients at Albertson’s where, right now, purchase $10+ worth of smartwater (or any combination of vitaminwater, fruitwater, Honest Tea, Gold Peak Tea or POWERADE) receive a coupon for $4 off your next purchase at checkout.  Find smartwater in the aisle where water is found.



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