Mountain Rainbow Mix and hike in Nisene Marks

I have a new trail mix favorite.  This one will move towards the top of your list too, because it’s that good.  My first sampling of this mix was late last week as I took walk in the redwoods of Nisene Marks, a California State Park located in Aptos, CA.  The park offers 10,000 acres of rugged semi-wilderness, rising from sea level to steep coastal mountains of more than 2,600 feet. The site of logging operations until the 1920s, visitors can still find evidence of logging operations, mill sites and trestles in the park.  There are 30 miles of trails nestled in this second growth forest, which are perfect for hiking, mountain biking, or a leisurely stroll. I had always wanted to visit the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and with a little effort you can hike right to it.  Take Aptos Creek Trail off of the main fireroad at the bottom of the incline and it’s about a half mile in.  There is still evidence of the quake with trees laying on their sides but not much else suggesting a 7.1 shaking that resonates with anyone who was part of it.  More info on Nisene Marks is available here,   Since I started the hike at the entrance, I had walked a bit over 3 miles before I came to the trailhead so I was hungry.  Grabbing the bag of SunRidge Farms Mountain Rainbow Mix, I tore open the package and began devouring this divine mix of the incredible new Rainbow Drops, peanut butter peanuts, raisins, and more.   Sitting on a moss covered rock, under a large second growth redwood with a gentle mist filtering up through the canyon, I couldn’t help but notice as the sun briefly showed itself and highlighted the spot I was sitting and snacking.  It was peaceful, refreshing, and spiritual.  Those of you who have hiked in the redwoods know what I’m talking about.  Hope to see you on the trails!  Just be sure to bring something tasty along to eat.  That’s where SunRidge Farms comes in!

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