A Sunday Hike

The day started out pretty early, I was up with the birds again. For breakfast, I had a bowl of live active cereal topped with a plum and hazelnut milk. Oh, wow. I really like the hazelnut milk. My next test will be how it fairs with cooking. I read online that it is good for cooking, so we will see.

quick breakfast

quick breakfast

After breakfast, some laundry and some time in blog land, we headed out for a day of hiking with our friends, Sarah and Francis. We met at Starbucks and ordered a pick me up for the ride. Since I was a little hungry and knew that lunch was a few hours away, I decided to have a smoothie instead of a latte. I got the mango banana vivanno made with soy milk. It was really filling and was a nice change of pace from the norm.

smoothie

smoothie

After picking up the treats, we headed to Twin Lakes State Park which is about an hour and a half from home. Once we arrived, we dug out the map and started walking. After about a mile or so we made it to the trail we wanted to hike. Here is the view:

let the trail begin

let the trail begin

The trail was poorly marked and we could tell that it wasn’t traveled often. At once point we even lost the trail all together. Here is out lost view:

lost

lost

After some hiking, we found the trail again and really headed into some rough terrain.  Many hills, creeks, bridges, natural stair cases and a bunch of butterfly sitings later, we made it to the end.  Our GPS lost it’s signal a number of times but I had my pedometer, according to it’s count, we had logged about 9,000 steps.  So, my rough gestimate is that we went about 4.5 miles. It was a great workout. After the hike, we settled into a picnic table by the water and had some lunch.

a nice spot for lunch

a nice spot for lunch

We had white chocolate dreams peanut butter and strawberry jam on 100% whole wheat bread. On the side, we had edamame boiled with star anise and cantaloupe (Thanks, SED and FJ!).

pb & j

pb & j

edamame with star anise

edamame with star anise

cantaloupe

cantaloupe

For dessert, we had the trail mix I had made earlier in the day. The trail mix has kashi go lean crunch, walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, cashews, dairy free chocolate chips and a load of different dried fruits. This trail mix was so tasty, much better than anything I’ve ever had store bought.

homemade trail mix

homemade trail mix

After lunch, we headed back home. The dear husband and I had to stop by our favorite store, Target, to pick up some things we had forgotten on Saturday’s trip. Then, we headed home. Once home, we started up the charcoal grill and made dinner. We made fillet mignon, baked sweet potatoes and a salad with spring mix, tomatoes and cukes topped with oil and vinegar. The dinner was really satisfying after a long day in the woods.

steak and potato

steak and potato

After dinner, we did some things around the house and then settled into some Olympic watching. And in my tru from, I was out like a light in no time.

QOTD: What is your favorite form of exercise? Mine is hiking, without a doubt.

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14 Responses

  1. Sounds like you had an awesome day. The pictures of the scenary are really pretty. And I really like the picture of the steak and sweet potato!

    My favorite form of exercise is walking.

  2. Gorgeous hike + delicious PBJ = FABULOUS!! 🙂

    My favorite form of exercise = dancing, of course!! It’s one of my greatest passions; and as a full-time dancer, I’m definitely glad that I love it!! Haha.

    Sorry for the self-promotion, but I have a recipe on my blog that uses hazelnut-milk (I thought you’d be interested in it):

    http://veggiegirlvegan.blogspot.com/2007/12/bananas-hazelnuts-and-pineapple-oh-my.html

  3. sounds like a great sunday!

    your combo for the trail mix sounds so good…i should start making my own…so much cheaper!

    and i love love love love running, but i love walking and/or hiking too. 🙂

  4. What a great day! Your hazelnut milk sounds delicious. I am glad you enjoyed your hike. I love walking outdoors, but don’t know that I’ve been on an offical hike.

    I love yoga and running best.

  5. Looks and sounds like a wonderful day! I’m going to Colorado later this week for a camping/hiking trip and I am beyond pumped for it. Hiking is SUCH a good form of exercise. However, I also love running, walking and playing tennis. 🙂

  6. sounds wonderful! i really want to try one of those shakes from starbucks… the nutrtional info isn’t bad at all! the trail mix looks yum – it’s inspired me to make my own.

    my favourite form of exercise…. i quite like the elliptical at the gym, and running makes me work hard but i hate it!! power walking i find very satisfying. i imagine that hiking is fantastic because it doesn’t feel like regular, monotonous exercise – walking and enjoying your surroundings is the best 🙂

  7. What a beautiful hike! That looks like a great place to stop and eat lunch. It sounds like you and your husband have a lot of fun together.
    My favorite exercise is the elliptical. I like taking walks outside, especially in the city or on the beach, but for the day to day stuff nothing beats watching TV while sweating it out at the gym!

  8. Hey there, C! Thanks for your recent comment on my blog – I love discovering new ones 🙂 I’m going to add you to my list!

    That hike looks absolutely gorgeous. And I absolutely love Vivanno – I’ve never tried the Orange Mango but I might need to branch out!

  9. yay for hiking! that’s so awesome! my favorite forms of exercising (i can’t just pick one) are: bikram yoga, running, swimming, and the elliptical! i love ’em all!

  10. the scenery is absolutely gorgeous!!

    i love that orange mango vivanno! mmmmm

    my favorite exercise: spinning, running, zumba and pilates

  11. we had baked sweet potatoes too! with butter & cinnamon & sugar! heheh yum!

  12. i still need to try those starbucks shakes!!

    the hike sounds like so much fun! i havent been hiking in TOO LONG!

    The PB and edamame look awesome too 🙂

  13. Sounds like such a fun day! I enjoy hiking too, but my favorite exercise has got to be swimming!

  14. Tae Bo is my favorite! There’s nothing like Billy Blanks yelling at you to keep you motivated and working hard!

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