Saturday, November 29, 2014

Hiking Terms: What is a Cairn?

Cairn along Corona Arch Trail in Moab, Utah

Experienced hikers know that following man made cairns is one of the best ways to avoid getting lost in the wilderness. New hikers may not have even heard the word.

What exactly is a cairn? A cairn is a man made pile of rocks set as a memorial or marker. On hiking trails, a cairn is a trail marker. (Pronounced care-n)

While many mountain trails can be easy to follow, trails on rocky areas are much harder to distinguish. This is where the use of a cairn will not only keep you on the trail but may literally save your life.

While some trails already have a series of cairns set in place, many do not. I was hiking a trail in which I was trying to find the turn off for another trail. I missed the turn off and found my way into an archery range instead. It wasn't until the following week, I returned and found a small cairn at the fork which led to the trail I was looking for. Needless to say, I made sure to add several rocks to the cairn. I wanted to be sure I never missed it again.

Of all of the places I've hiked, the trails in Moab, Utah have the most cairns I've seen. Put on your hiking shoes and head to the nearest hiking to find a cairn.

A huge collection of cairns.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Orkin Mouse in House Giveaway

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Fall has arrived, and cooler weather has come with it. Whether or not you know it, your warm house is an open invitation to unwanted guests looking for a cozy winter vacation: rodents.

Each fall, rodents migrate from their outdoor “summer home” to the warmth, food and shelter of their “winter timeshare” – your house! Being human has its perks, like having a cozy house to enjoy during the winter, but imagine having to survive as a mouse?

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Tazo Decaf Chai Latte Concentrate Review

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I have been a fan of Tazo herbal teas for some time. I jumped at the chance to try Tazo Chai Latte. I chose the decaf version since I try to stay away from caffeine.
Getting ready to curl up with a good book with my Tazo

I mixed my concentrated chai latte with vanilla soy milk at 1:1. It made for a great combination. The chai spices, like cinnamaon and cloves, gave the decaf tea a smooth taste while the vanilla soy milk added a sweet and nutty creaminess. It's perfect for those cold days when all I want to do is curl up with a good book.

The Tazo decaf chai latte is the perfect bedtime treat. I don't have to worry about caffeine keeping me up at night. I have a new favorite drink to get me through the cold winter.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Bike Like a Girl or Take A Hike Sterling Silver Necklace Giveaway

We love the outdoors and we've always wanted to sell jewelry on our blog that expresses who we are and will appeal to our readers who also love the outdoors. I am a biker and a hiker. Kalina is a runner but we both find to be a climber, a waterskier, a paddle boarder and whatever else we can fit into our lives. We hope to add more jewelry to fit all of our interests. Now, our sterling silver jewelry consists of necklaces and matching bracelets for the avid hiker and biker.

We also have a line of leather wrap bracelets which has been popular amongst our readers. Check out some of them.

Check out our full jewelry line HERE

Customers who order over $75 worth of jewelry will receive a FREE leather wrap bracelet through 11/24/2015. We will email you to get your free bracelet choice after order is placed.

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Winner will receive their choice of our Take a Hike or Bike Like a Girl sterling silver necklace which includes sterling silver chain and a freshwater pearl dangle. Prize value: $37.00.
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