We started 2014 with a hike at Point Lobos State Reserve. I got to cross two hikes off of my list. It was just me and the kids since Shane was home with a sore back. I was really disappointed (and on the verge of angry) that his back seems to be hurting a lot more since he injured it a few months ago. He forgot that he’s middle-aged and waited until the last minute to train hardcore for a Spartan Race.
But I had another epiphany about how I should do things even if other people aren’t doing what I think they should be doing. I think it would be really great if I got used to taking the kids out for hikes by myself because Shane is going to start another Masters program in March. It will be a great way to get the kids out and give him time to study.
By the time we reached the entrance to the Point Lobos State Reserve, I was already in a good mood. The kid’s chatter about a family hike and how cool it is that “the ocean almost comes right up to the road!!” really helped.
And, of course, how can anyone be disappointed/angry when they are looking at this?!
For Christmas, I got a variety box of Quest bars. Many of the fitness people I follow on Instagram rave about them. This was my first try and it was… okay. Maybe I’m having a hard time getting over the price (nearly $3 a pop). Or maybe it was just the flavor I tried.
Miss Eliza is quite independent and refuses to hold my hand. I’m really impressed with her and during this first hike I was wavering on the idea of getting a hiking kid carrier.
She even wants to climb rocks like the big kids.
Nice view of Carmel.
I love how the forest meets the ocean here.
On our way back, a ranger reminded me that the kids should stay on the trail because there is a lot of poison oak. I later asked another ranger if this was poison oak. I’ve never seen it before. It’s actually wild blackberry but looks very much like poison oak. He said “if it’s hairy, it’s a berry”. I thought that was really clever so I wanted to share.
Another hike done!
I waited until the end of the trails to take a picture of the kids with the trail head sign. Caleb had a great idea that they could all touch the sign once the hike was completed. But my phone died just as we finished the second trail. So no picture but it was called the Sea Lion Point Trail.
This trail was definitely more challenging with the little ones. I had to carry Eliza for the majority of it since it was rocky and quite steep in places. I started to think that a hiking child carrier was actually a good idea.
If you listen carefully, you can hear the sea lions barking. They are covering those two big rocks.
I think this rock looks like a wave…
Eliza had fun throwing rocks…
The older ones looked for sea creatures. Caleb was such a big help here. He helped the girls cross the stream and made sure they didn’t get too close to the water.
Afterwards he said, “Ugh, the girls were so much work. I didn’t even get to look around that much.”
Welcome to my world, kid.
On the way back to the van. They were tired!! I had to take a picture so I can remember this rare moment.
At the top of the stairs. This place made me want to take a Geology class.
Some treasures that Caleb found…
They could not keep their hands off of the ropes…
This is hike #91 and #92 from my Monterey Hikes list.
Cypress Grove Trail
Hiking distance: 0.8 mile round trip
Configuration: small loop with spur trails to coast
Elevation gain: 100 feet
Exposure: open coastal bluffs and shaded forest
Sea Lion Point Trail
Hiking distance: 0.7 mile round trip
Configuration: two connected loops
Elevation gain: 100 feet
Exposure: open coastal bluffs
Hiking time: 2 hours total
Hiking buddies: The kids (16mo, 3, 4 and 9yo)
Would you do it again? Yes but not frequently since it costs $10 to enter. (You can park on hwy 1 and walk in, but this doesn’t work when you have many young children with you.) *update: I paid $150 for the California State Parks annual pass, so now we can get in “free”.
What would you do differently? Take a child carrier for the Sea Lion Point Trail.