Kids Obstacle Challenge San Diego

Image courtesy of kidsobstaclechallenge.com

Anyone have kids that like to run, jump and play in the mud? Well there is an event coming soon to San Diego that will be perfect for them. The Kids Obstacle Challenge is coming to San Diego July 22. This is an adventure and obstacle course made just for kids and will be nothing but fun for the whole family as parents run for FREE. The course is designed for children between the ages of 5 to 16. There is 10-15 challenging but fun obstacles and lots of mud on the 1.5 to 2 mile course. The Kids Obstacle Challenge is the largest touring obstacle course for kids in the nation.

The San Diego stop includes a rope swing into a giant mud pit, an army crawl section, a scale up cargo nets and a slide into more mud! Register now and take part in this muddy fun day. Registration includes a custom 2017 race medal, a snack at the finish line, a goodie bag and free event photos. And remember parents are free!

When
July 22, 2017
8:30am – 2:30pm

Where
Kit Carson Park
3333 Bear Valley Parkway
Escondido, Ca 92025

Register
Register before July 21 online at kidsobstaclechallenge.com/sandiego and save $10 on your tickets

Can’t make the San Diego stop, then be sure to check out Kids Obstacle Challenge’s website for more event locations. Have a muddy good time!

Cruzin Mama

REI Force of Nature: Outings, Classes, and Events for Women

Be a #ForceofNature !

REI is constantly encouraging everyone to get outdoors and right now they are helping in the push to show more women as inspiration for this. Force of Nature is a movement that is putting women on forefront in the outdoor community. Apart of this REI has created Force of Nature classes and events geared for women.

Whether you’re an avid explorer or a novice, REI is offering classes, events, and outings to enhance your adventurous side. These events range from night hikes, to learning how to cook while camping, rock climbing lessons, mountain biking, kayaking and standup paddle boarding to learning outdoor survival skills. Best of all some of these events/classes are FREE! While most of these do have a cost, they are reasonable especially for the experience they offer.

To kick off the movement REI is throwing a party! On May 6th at various locations REI will be hosting the Force of Nature Outdoors Women’s Party. This is a great way to connect and meet other outdoor women. There will be speakers, food and lots of opportunities to connect with other Forces of Nature.

To find more classes, outings, events and to register visit REI.com And get out there and explore!

Cruzin Mama

Hiking at the Santa Rosa Plateau

Spring time is here and it’s one of the best times to get out for a hike. The much needed rains have let up here in So Cal and that not only means we will see a lot of green but also the vernal pools at the Santa Rosa Plateau have been filled! So it’s no secret that one of my go to hiking spots for my family is the Santa Rosa Plateau, the ecological reserve is located in Murrieta about 4 miles off of the Clinton Keith exit. The Plateau hosts plenty of trail options, a nature center, historic adobes, and of course the vernal pools.

The vernal pools are only really visible after the rainy season. So this year is one of the best times to visit them since California experienced so much rain to help get us out of the long drought we have been under. The vernal pools are a great way to see a lot of the wildlife that the Plateau houses. Just on our visit alone we saw tadpoles, dragonflies, butterflies, ducks, a few different types of birds, grasshoppers, a snake (more about this later!) and the teeny hard to spot fairy shrimp. Plus the rains have brought about a Super Bloom so along the trails you are sure to see beautiful wildflowers.

*A fun game for my kids was to see how many different colors of flowers we could spot.*

For our visit to the Plateau I parked at the trail entrance for the vernal pools which is the last entrance to the Santa Rosa Plateau trails off of Via Volcano Rd. As were not planning on spending the day hiking the trails since we had come off of a little morning adventure I opted on this closer parking location. When you park at this location there is a trail that leads straight to the large vernal pool. You are also able to pay the visit fee at the drop box at the entrance of the trail. If you are up for it from this trail you can head to the historic adobe buildings as well. It all just depends on how much time you want to spend exploring. The trails at the Santa Rosa Plateau are great for beginners in my opinion. My kids have been on several hikes here and have done great. We have hiked just around the nature center, we have taken this trail to the vernal pools (during an off season) and continued down to the adobes. My kids and I on the way back from the pools ventured down a little on the hidden valley trail this visit. I would like to go back and check this trail out a little more.

So a little confession, before I headed down to the Plateau I did a little snooping on Instagram under the Places tab to see if there was any water still at the pools. Since the heavy rain I have been wanting to take the kids to see the vernal pools, but I didn’t want to make the trip only to be disappointed. The last time we hiked this trail was during the off season so while it wasn’t entirely empty it just wasn’t what I was expecting to see. So some of the most recent “posts” were up to days before and I was a little apprehensive that they would still look as full since the weather has begun to heat up. But it was still a chance to see them with water so we loaded up some hiking supplies and made for the pools. I was so glad we went, they were still full and the weather was warm so the muddy trails were dry. The parking lot was pretty full when we arrived and we passed quite a few people on the trails but it was surprisingly not crowded.

There was quite a while that we had the vernal pool all to ourselves. It was so nice to just sit and enjoy the view. Of course the highlight for the kids was seeing all the inhabitants. I mentioned much of what we saw above but the most exciting one we saw was a snake. It wasn’t a very large snake but it was a snake and that was enough to make my kid’s day. We watched the little snake swim around the pool a bit and a fellow hiker informed us about how it was most likely hunting tadpoles. This went along well with what my daughter has been learning in school about food chains.

Our little friend may be hard to spot but he is located in the center of this photo. He wasn’t a very big snake so he camouflaged well amoung the vegetation.

Another great time exploring the Santa Rosa Plateau. I was almost tempting to go hiking further because of how picturesque the landscape was. In the distance we could even see a little snow caped mountain, this year the rain really brought it.

We only went a little ways down the trail to the Hidden Valley. I would like to go back and explore this area more. What was nice was once we got into a shaded area there was a bench to sit on and just gaze out through a window in the trees to the valley.

Hiking Tips

*Always pack plenty of water
*Bring some snacks
*Wear good comfortable shoes
*Take plenty of breaks
*Use Sunscreen and Wear a Hat

And remember to just enjoy your time outside!

Cruzin Mama

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
39400 Clinton Keith Rd
Murrieta Ca 92562
Hours
Sunrise – Sunset
Nature Center • Tuesday-Sunday 9am to 5pm
Closed Mondays and all major holidays
Fees
Adults $4 Children 3-12 $3

Green Friday at California State Parks

National Parks Free Days 2016

Go Green this Black Friday!

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is here and a day of fresh air could ease the stress of this time of year. California State Parks along with REI are offering just that a day outside away from the shopping crowds with FREE admission to State Parks.

You are being asked to Go Green this Black Friday and Opt Outside and enjoy one of California’s beautiful State Parks. Have you ever visited a State Park before? Well if you haven’t this is a great chance to! Or if you are a regular State Park explorer this is a wonderful opportunity to venture out to a new park. Honestly a great deal on a T.V. is nice or being able to do all your holiday shopping at a discount but with Black Friday now starting earlier and earlier it’s great to see a push for more quality time. Getting out and really seeing the beauty that California has to offer is priceless.

To Go Green is easy just visit greenfriday.org Pick a park you would like to visit and get your ticket for your free entrance. Be sure to hurry as there is a limited number of passes to each park and some a very popular.

Have a great time going green!

Cruzin Mama