Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hoover Dam at Lake Mead, Nevada

We get cabin fever in the middle of winter in Utah and like to take a weekend trip south to where the weather is warmer. About a month ago, we traveled to Nevada. We spent one day and night exploring the Hoover Dam area by Lake Mead. My favorite was our leisurely mountain bike ride along the Historic Railroad Trail. I loved riding through the five tunnels along the wide, easy trail. We also had a great view of Lake Mead and were able get a close up view of the Hoover Dam.

 We stayed at the Hoover Dam Lodge in Boulder City, Nevada. I have to admit, I don't like staying at hotels with casinos. The biggest reason is they always reek with the stench of cigarette smoke. It never fails that I have to walk through the casino and stink of smoke to get to my room. The Hoover Dam Lodge is no exception to walking through the smoke on the way to the rooms. However, we were pleasantly surprised once we got to our room. It was a good size and newly remodeled. It didn't stink yet at all like cigarettes. This was the first casino hotel I've stayed at that didn't smell bad.

We were greeted with two bottles of water upon check in and even got a nice surprise of a goody basket waiting for us on our desk. I've been to four and five star hotels where you have to pay money for anything you take out of the basket. Not at the Hoover Dam Lodge. It's all part of their customer service experience that made our stay a little more pleasant.

Though there was a restaurant at the lodge, we decided to go into the town of Boulder City for Mexican food. Mostly it was because we didn't want to eat in the midst of a smoke filled casino and because all you can eat buffets aren't always appealing to us.

Though we went into the campground near the shore to visit friends, we didn't go swimming in the Lake Mead. It was too cold in February but would be a great place in the summer when the temperatures are scorching.  Though we only stayed one night at the Hoover Dam Lodge and continued on, we had a great time. I'm glad we rode the Railroad Trail which was the highlight of my stay.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Take Time to See Beauty

Bird of Paradise Flower ©Trudy Zufelt

On my recent trip to Mesa, Arizona, my daughter and I took my elderly grandmother on what may be her last outdoor adventures. While we pushed her in her wheelchair, we realized there is wonder in slowing down and taking the time to enjoy the beauty around us.

Birds of Paradise ©Trudy Zufelt

Though we did a few things that cost money, it was the day we went to the L.D.S. Mesa Temple and walked the grounds and garden for free that we enjoyed the most. I got to see my first Birds of Paradise flowers and I took pictures until my phone's memory filled up.

©Trudy Zufelt

The entire temple grounds were an oasis in the desert with so many flowers in bloom, I couldn't keep track of all the different varieties. 

©Trudy Zufelt
Honestly, the most beautiful part of the day was watching the happiness on my grandmother's face while she finally got a reprieve from sitting indoors all day. At 95 year's old, she has lost her youthful beauty and replaced it with a beauty too exquisite to describe. How happy I was to watch my daughter patiently exclaim how much fun she was having and how pretty everything looked. If it's the last memory I have of being with my grandmother, it will be one I will always cherish.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

When Water Isn't Enough: Electro-Bites Sports Nutrition Review

Product received at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

It doesn't matter whether I'm running, hiking, or biking. I sweat a lot. I can drink an entire bottle of water and still feel like it's not enough. I get to the point after only about an hour where I've lost enough electrolytes that I literally crave salt.

When I go for long hikes or bike rides, it's hard to enough to carry water. It's nearly impossible to add the extra weight of sports drinks. Instead, I need something lightweight that will fuel my rides or hikes and will also provide me with enough electrolytes that I don't send my body into a tailspin.

The Electro-Bites by Fuel 100 are the perfect size and weight to take in my backpack.

The Electro-Bites are tiny, bite sized pieces. They taste salty and sweet at the same time and are dry but dissolve quickly with a drink of water. They're a lot easier to digest than the sticky gels or chewy blocks I've tried. I like that they don't sit in my stomach and make me feel sick after ingesting them.

Electro-Bites are made with organic sweeteners like coconut oil and agave syrup. Unlike many nutritional bars, they are gluten and soy free for those with food intolerances. They are the perfect nutrition for athletes.

The best part for me is that they are truly an electrolyte replacement with added sodium, potassium and magnesium. I truly felt better after a sweaty long ride by eating these along the way.

My favorite flavor of the five is the Salty Vanilla. The flavor is like a salty sugar cookie

What I like about the Electro-Bites:
  • Dissolves quickly
  • Made with organic ingredients
  • Gluten and soy free
  • Not too sweet
  • Lightweight for backpacking
  • 100 calories for fuel
  • Electrolyte replacement 
Only Drawback
  • Really salty
While I really love almost everything about the Electo-Bites, I do have to admit, they are very salty tasting. It's great when I sweat a lot and crave salt but I can't tolerate it just for a casual fuel snack. However, I like these better than so many other products. I'll keep them in my backpack and take them on long rides for lighter alternative to the sticky sweet products I usually carry.

Product Rating: ★★★★☆

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Electro Bites for free from Fuel 100 as coordinated by Outdoor PR in consideration for review publication.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

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