Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Heaps Peak Arboretum - Family Hike 1


With a five year old in tow, we try to go to outdoor locations that will allow him to run free in safety.  Developing a hiker in a small child requires patience.  The Heaps Peak Arboretum features a display of wildlife and demonstration gardens that are interesting to our older crowd as well as intrigued our little one.  The main attraction for both boys is the Sequoia Trail.  This time around the little one wanted to read each sign and discover the items that the sign was describing.  This lasted for the majority of the hike but I can imagine that it might not go over so well depending on the personality of the children.   Some Eagle Scout might have a great time making an App for the trial so that families could engage in slightly different ways.  The trail also got really crowded at times which created lines at the signs which we were not willing to wait in.  (Think Disneyland)

There were many key features we enjoyed about this hiking opportunity.  The ease of the trail was amazing, easy on everyone.  Carrying a 34 pound child was never necessary.  I saw many people using strollers and many parties had multiple generations doing the hike together.  The variety of what you see is also worth the trip.  All types of trees and views of places that are breathtaking.  We were there at the tail end of summer but I can imagine that the foot bridges going over running streams in the Winter and Spring would be amazing.  There were spots of great shade and some areas of the trail that were out in the open.  I started off wearing a sweater and had to put it around my waist for other portions of the hike.

We packed a lunch and ate it under the pine trees near the entrance.  Many of the hikers bring dogs but most everyone had them on leashes so they didn’t pose any issues with our family.  I can imagine that if you were there during low attendance you’d have some peace and quiet and see many birds and other wildlife.  A weekday hike might be just the key - the trail is open year around.

The favorite for our family was the Giant Sequoias.  We were able to stop a moment and enjoy their grandeur on one of the many benches throughout the trail.  

I highly recommend this as a quick hike to and from the other many attractions in the local mountains.  We spent the greater second half of our day enjoying Green Valley Lake but many other places are an easy drive.  Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead, Lake Gregory, etc.

COST:  $5 for a Adventure Pass (pay cash in the self-pay or on weekends the info booth is open from mid morning to early afternoon (check site for details)
RESTROOMS:  Why yes, they do have clean pit toilets.
LOCATION:  San Bernardino National Forest, right off Highway 18 between Crestline and Running Springs

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Donations accepted for the following...

I'm seeking donations for the following items.  Just send an email to me at and let me know which one(s) you want.   All unsold items will be available at a "live" sale in the near future plus much more!   Need to raise about $5,000 more for our adoption costs.


Off white, thin item with a great length, perfect for tying in a knot.  Warm acrylic yarn that is SOFT. (dimensions - "75 long, "3 wide, starting donation $20)

A bright blue, soft acrylic yarn.  The stitching allows for a lot of stretch, an infinity style twist scarf so it won't fall off.  Especially great for someone very active.  (dimensions - "44 long, "5 wide, starting donation $20)

COWL (2)

Wool, very warm, variegated yarn, soft and comfy.   One is deep, lots of crunches over the neck while the other is a bit less wide and less crunches.  Can also be used as a head/ear scarf (especially good to keep your hair out of your face) (narrow dimensions - "9.5 long, "9.5 wide, starting donation $20)  (wide dimensions - "11 long, "9.5 wide, starting donation $20)


This blanket was made a long time ago but never given to anyone.  A great unisex colorway - greens, whites and blues.  I'm five feet tall so you can tell it is pretty big but not so big to overwhelm a new little one.  Soft and warm made with acrylic yarn.  (dimensions - "36.5 long, "48 wide, starting donation $25)


(SOLD) Rustic Quilt inspired by Supertramp's The Logical Song 

Created as a part of my portfolio for college, a two scene quilt to be hung on a wall, one scene shows a person (me, at the time) sitting under a tree enjoy the "now" and being inspired by nature and all that is around her, the second scene shows the same person, older sitting under the same tree but completely being annoyed about being there, worrying about other things and wishing they were taking care of stuff. (dimensions - "22 long, "36 wide, starting donation $30)

(SOLD) Kitties Love Fish 

Donated top by a dear friend, Leslie, stitched and quilted by my Dear Mom.   Cute kitties dreaming of fish food.  Cute fish quilting under each kitty square.  The perfect wall hanging for someone who loves cats and dreaming.  Also a great gift idea for someone who loves fishing and is ok with eating fish.  :-)  (dimensions - "24 long, "24 wide, starting donation $75)


Reusable Toilet seat Covers and towel (3)

Are you the type of person who doesn't want to sit on a public toilet without a cover?   Get one of these bags that contain one cloth seat cover and one cloth towel.  Toss in the laundry after your trip and reuse again and again.  (dimensions, approximately "6 long, "9 wide, starting donations $5 each, $15 for three)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A water bottle cover

I have an ovarian cyst and one of the "old wives tales" states that you should avoid eating and drinking from plastic if you want to avoid getting more or to help remove the cyst.  I purchased a Kanteen brand water bottle and when I put it in my car's cup holder the "stainless" steal of the bottle made a clinking sound.  I didn't like this sound.

I decided to make a cover for my bottle.