04/13/17

Chica Afuera at Brackenridge Park

I am where I know I was meant to be.

My first Easter at Brackenridge Park

You don’t have to travel far to find yourself in Nature. These parks, trails and open spaces are usually not that far from your home or work. The more I explore the more I uncover. The more I uncover, the more I want to share. My memories are many and I will forever be grateful that my parents loved me enough to fuel my soul. Was it my smiles and my enthusiasm every time they took me to the park that made them realize that was my happy place? Perhaps it was a combination of the love they had for me to want to see me smile and their appreciation for the outdoors. Whatever it was … it worked! Nature was a natural thing growing up. The outdoors was my playground!

Every park has it’s story and that is the journey.

 

If you ask me what my favorite city park is I would have to say Brackenridge Park. This very popular park is minutes from downtown San Antonio and I am totally positive that the reasons for it’s popularity would include the San Antonio Zoo, Japanese Tea GardenWitte MuseumBrackenridge Park Golf Course, walking trails, playgrounds, fishing, bird watching, a miniature train, Kiddie Park and the Sunken Garden Theater. These attractions are all withing walking distance from each other so make sure you put on a good pair of walking shoes when visiting and exploring.

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Brackenridge Park is rich with history with evidence of human visitation and occupation dating back 11,000 years. Native American artifacts dating as early as 9200 B.C. have been found inside the parks boundaries. Historical buildings remain standing in the park as well like that of the 1878 Pumphouse #1, the oldest industrial building in Bexar County.

If your just old enough you might even remember the Horse stable, paddle boats and the Sky Ride that you would board at the Japanese Tea Garden and exit at the Zoo. For the record … I’m just old enough to remember, lol.

In my heart there are memories and there they will always be!

 

This park was introduced to me by my parents. It was a happy place for us and when I grew up and had my own family it was the first park I took my girls.

I have seen the park change through the years and the growth and development has been great. The Conservancy seeks to ensure the best possible user experience for future generations by improving park amenities, providing programming, and building a sense of stewardship in the community.

This park is very special to many and family traditions run deep.  It’s all about quality family time no matter where you are. The element of outdoors is just a plus. San Antonio Parks & Recreation does allow overnight camping during Easter weekend and they do extend the curfew hours. Check out the link in case your feeling adventurous, lol.

Fitfunand … Pafuera!

San Antonio Zoo with my Mom

 

 

 

 

 

09/25/16

Mi Vida Latina. #TXLatinoBlog

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I must have been about 7 years old at the time this picture was taken. I remember my mom brushing my hair and picking out my clothes. I was always up for a photo shoot. Smile!

When I look in the mirror today, I see who I am, what I have become and who I still want to be.

 

My parents met in middle school. They eventually married and just had me. Happily ever after is not what happened. They divorced by the time I was about 6 or 7.

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A testament to the love they had for me and the eventual mutual respect they had for each other in parenting me is the smile you see on my face.

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My parents were both born in Texas. I am 2nd generation Mexican American on my Father’s side and 3rd on my Mother’s. I naturally picked up the Spanish language, Gracias a Dios! My parents never really taught it to me but it was the language spoken on both sides of my Familia. It was how I could communicate with my Abuelita. It was la musica my Grandfather sang.

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My Mom and her parents Cristina and Domingo Garcia.

My Cultura was playing all around me and I was never the wiser!

 

The soundtrack of my youth is Mariachis, Musica Chicana and my Abuelo (Apa) playing his guitar as he sang Spanish songs.

Pets were chickens, ducks and my horse Big Red. My dad bought me one because he said I asked for one, lol. The chicken’s and duck’s were gifted to me every Easter (by me Dad) and I am forever grateful that my grandfather (Apa) had plenty of land to care for my pets.

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Me and my horse Big Red.

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My Sweet Sixteen.

La comida was so traditional that my expectations are high. I was raised on homemade tortillas, and frijoles from the jarro. Nopalitos, carne asada, chorizo, sopas, arroz con pollo were food for my soul. The salsa was always made from the cilantro, tomate, cebolla y chili piquin picked straight from my Abuelita’s backyard. Amor was comida and it showed.

Medicine was El curandero (the medicine man) for any ailment that the “Sangre de Chango” otherwise known as monkey blood (not really monkey blood) couldn’t cure. Aloe Vera was the plant kept in the front yard for burns and scrapes. If you still weren’t cured no worries because you probably had “ojo” (the evil eye) and having your Abuela rub an egg over your body as she prayed in Spanish somehow did the trick! The egg is then cracked and placed into a glass of water with a broken stick to make a cross on top of the egg. After a certain period of time the egg starts to separate and the more it does the worse the “ojo”.  I only wish my Abuelas were around to cure me without having to head to the local pharmacy.

The Amor is what cured us all.

 

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Mis Abuelas Cristina y Manuela.

My parents loved me unconditionally and gave me the best of themselves. We were rich in culture and that was my happy. We weren’t rich but I always had what I needed and the most important thing for me was that they were always present in my life and I knew I was loved. It showed in their actions as it does to this day.

I am a lucky girl! I looked in the mirror as a child with no clue of who I was other than happy.

 

I look at myself in the mirror now (still happy) and see the past, the present and the future. My past was an abundance of Cultura, Tradiciones y Amor. The present is the family I have raised and the future is full of promise.

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Mi Familia.

I grew up!

 

I am a daughter who became a woman, who became a Mom, who became a grandmother!

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A dance recital with my granddaughter.

My family is my backbone and the love and traditions I was raised on is what I hope my girls have had a taste of. I still can’t cook a tortilla but I know what restaurant makes a good one. I don’t usually play Spanish music on the radio but they know the sounds of a good Mariachi. I do make a mean Fidello, family approved!

I have lived a lifetime and my dreams have now taken me Outside and into Nature. I became an ambassador for Latino Outdoors a year ago. An organization engaging, empowering and inspiring communities to share and identify Cultura and the outdoors.

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Me and my Paleta.

I can’t be anyone other than me and I carry this in my heart. I am a proud Latina born and raised!

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month is honored September 15th to October 15th. It is a month to pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation.

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This post is a part of the #TXLatinoBlog Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop. Visit the bloggers listed below as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month together/juntos! Follow the hashtag #TXLatinoBlog on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, too.

Que Means What – Being Latina Enough – Wednesday, 9/14

MexiMoments – Importance of Learning the Language as a Child – Thursday, 9/15

The Social Butterfly Gal – Mentoring Young Latinas – Friday, 9/16

Juan of Words – Mexican-American Culture – Monday, 9/19

Sweet Life– Food Recipes – Tuesday, 9/20

The Optimistic Heathen – Sharing Our Heritage with the Kids – Wednesday, 9/21

Modern Tejana – How to Live Your Latinidad in Mixed-Race Families – Thursday, 9/22

The Esposa Experience – Navigating the Pressures of Traditional Esposa Expectations – Friday, 9/23

The Nueva Latina – Mexican Independence Day in Guadalajara – Saturday, 9/24

FitFunAnd.com – Self-Reflection and Latino Outdoors – Sunday, 9/25

VodkaGirlATX – Latin-Inspired Cocktails – Monday, 9/26

Momma of Dos – How Mexican I grew up! – Tuesday, 9/27

Family Love in My City – Immigration – Wednesday, 9/28

Creative Meli – Basic and Healthy Latin Cooking – Thursday, 9/29

Mejorando Mi Hogar – Being Latino or Hispanic – Friday, 9/30

Power to Prevail – Body Shame in Latino Culture – Monday, 10/3

Teatrolatinegro – Latin@ Theatre Show in Houston – Tuesday, 10/4

Candypo – Being a Latino Military Spouse – Wednesday, 10/5

Coppelia Marie – Am I a Bad Latina Mom? – Thursday, 10/6

The Restaurant Fanatic – Cocina Latina – Friday, 10/7

Haute in Texas – Mothering Latinas When You’re Not a Latina – Monday, 10/10

07/31/16

#Latino Conservation Week: Inks Lake State Park, Texas.

The Latino passion for the Outdoors was in full swing. A week showcasing our fearless spirits and beautiful selves engaging, experiencing and advocating for the great Outdoors.

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Inks Lake State Park, Texas

Latino Conservation Week took place July 16 to July 24 2016.  This Nationwide initiative provided an opportunity for Latinos to come together and to demonstrate their passion for the outdoors, both for enjoyment and preservation. Highlighting our lands and the spirit that stirs the Latino souls. Disfrutando y Conservando Nuestra Tierra!

In its third year, the week as grown to more than 100 events nationwide!

I had an opportunity to host an event at Inks Lake State Park. A hill country gem perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway. Because the lake’s level usually stays constant, you can play here year-round. This would be the place to perfect our kayaking and canoeing skills.

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July 23rd was the day to gather new friends and old friends at Inks’s Lake State Park in honor of Latino Conservation Week. Many of us had no clue what our journey to the final destination aptly named Devil’s Watering Hole would include. The name alone should have scared off my tribe, LOL. Devil’s Watering Hole is a place where many daredevils take a plunge from the cliffs into a deep sink hole, YIKES! No worries, it really is a pretty safe place.

I couldn’t wait to get into the water to try the kayak and listening to the nervous chatter and laughter around me I knew I wasn’t the only one!

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I am extremely happy that my group trusted me in guiding them to a location that I just knew would take us out of our comfort zone but in the greatest way. We engaged, we explored and we even walked a little taller exiting our kayaks & canoes. Every day is a chance to be greater than the day before. Mission accomplished for Latino Outdoors Southwest!

A special thanks to Sean D. Jones our Park Ranger Interpreter, Jasmine Scott with Texas Parks & Wildlife and to the sweet volunteer Allicia. Jasmine was my first point of contact and was excited to hear about the initiative and the event and even volunteered to come in on her day off to be with us, wow!

Exploring every chance we get. Mountains, Hills, Rivers, Lakes, Trails … here we come, Latino Outdoors.

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Fitfunand … Afuera!

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07/19/16

#TexasParks: Take a Hike Y’all!

I love Texas where just about any road trip leads you to a nearby river, lake or spring. The Texas heat can get pretty brutal so a park with water to dive, dip or swim, is a must for me. Thank you Texas for having some amazing watering holes!

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. This centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship in America’s parks which will engage communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.

We have all been invited to Find Your Park on a national level and to explore programs in our own backyard.

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My “backyard” is the Texas Hill Country. Texas is my state, born and raised!  A 25-county region of Central Texas and South Texas. The Hill Country reaches into portions of the two metropolitan areas, especially in San Antonio’s northern suburbs and the western half of Travis County, ending southwest of Downtown Austin.

A perfect road trip would include family, friends, hills, river fun and if i’m really lucky a winery or two : ).

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Dry Comal Creek

I do have some favorite parks that made the “must visit because Josie said” list : )! These beautiful outdoor parks are in no particular order because each park is unique in what is has to offer. Local Parks, State Parks, National Parks or the ever popular Texas watering holes. I am happy to share some of these outdoor gems with you, because after all … Sharing is caring! 

Texas Parks

Garner State Park

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Pedernales State Park

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Guadalupe River State Park

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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

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Hamilton Pool Preserve

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San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Texas

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Mission San Jose

Krause Springs

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Comal Springs & Landa Park

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Mitchell Lake Audubon

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Big Bend National Park Texas

 

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Texas parks have my heart. I am never disappointed but I would be if I hadn’t wandered. Big Bend was the biggest and definitely the most challenging for me so far in terms of the terrain but it left me wanting more. I know in my heart I will be going back and I will set no boundaries for the open spaces that nurture my soul and make me smile ear to ear : ). The more I discover the more I uncover … my happy place, Outdoors!

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Big Bend National Park Texas

Latino Outdoors ~ Josie Southwest Ambassador

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Malibu Creek State Park – California

Take the Pledge to Take Care of Texas and receive a FREE Texas Parks & Wildlife State Park Guide and a FREE sticker!

Free Texas Hill Country PassportVisit 18 or more of the 24 Hill Country destinations. Have your passport stamped at each location and then win tickets, outdoor adventures, tours and more.

Join us in Celebrating Latino Conservation Week at Inks Lake State Park.

For additional information email Josie@latinooutdoors.org

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Fitfunand … Parks!!

 

 

 

 

07/4/16

La Onda Chicana Concert 40th year Anniversary

In celebration of the 40th year anniversary of the concert La Onda Chicana, Efrain Gutierrez is making it available for free screening for the month of July. This concert was filmed in Port Lavaca ,TX on July 4th 1976 U.S. bicentennial.

Bands performing were Little Joe Y La Familia, Snowball and Company w/Laura Canales, Los Chachos and Johnny Elizondo y La Fabrica.

Efrain Gutierrez is the First Chicano Filmmaker and most recently his unique and personal window into motion history has now become a permanent part of history at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Preservation and Foundation Programs.

Thank you Efrain (Dad) for allowing us to take a trip back in time to La Onda Chicana. Password is 3gfilms.us.

FitfunandHappy 4th of July!

06/14/16

The Casa Blanca Santikos Theatre Experience + A chance to Win 4 Santikos Theatre VIP passes

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I was excited to hear that Santikos Entertainment had officially opened up Casa Blanca Theatre. This Entertainment venue is like no other in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. The Casa Blanca is located at Highway 151 and Alamo Ranch Parkway, just outside of Loop 1604 and is the first 100% laser digital projection theatre in the world using Barco Laser Projection. This means, better picture clarity, better color saturation and a three times brighter image for the best movie experience available anywhere. 

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If you think this is pretty cool, I’m not done boasting! The net result of dollars spent on movie tickets and amenities goes back into the local community in the form of donation, sponsorships, grants and programming to educate, cure, support and enhance the life within the community. This is part of the estate of the late John L. Santikos, the theatre group was gifted to the San Antonio Area Foundation and is the largest single charitable donation in the history of San Antonio and one of the largest in the United States in 2015.  Through operation of the theatres, $12 million will be given to the community in 2016 and is estimated to grow to $20 million a year. WOW!

You can watch a movie anywhere but if you choose a Santikos theatre, you become part of a charitable legacy reinvesting back into the community. The only theatre group that exists for the sole purpose of supporting the community.

The Santikos Gift- Choose to be a part of it! http://saafdn.org/About/SantikosGift.aspx

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Theatre Features

  • The first 100% laser digital projection theatre in the world.
  • Two of the biggest movie screens in Texas over 90 feet wide.
  • Four auditoriums offering full food and drink services at your seats.
  • Best sound technology available and Dolby Atmos Surround Sound System.
  • Luxurious recliner seating in six auditoriums and oversized seating in the others.
  • Upscale food choices.
  • Automated ticket services both online and at the theatre.
  • FREE SUMMER MOVIES!
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Full service bar

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I grew up in San Antonio and the Santikos theatre that has the most memories for me was the now historic and beloved Southside landmark Mission Drive-In. The outdoor theatre was built in 1948 by Louis and John Santikos. You had 4 movies to decide on because there were 4 screens, YES! The speakers were huge and would sit on the window of the car. The screens appeared huge to us kids and it seemed like it never got dark quick enough for the movie to start. Popcorn was my favorite treat and to this day it’s the first thing I order at any movie theatre, extra butter please! 

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The Casa Blanca was the last theatre designed by the late John Santikos. Two generations of family committed to incredible entertainment experiences. A legacy~NO DOUBT! 

Date nights, family nights and at times “just me” night. Santikos has never disappointed. So if your ready to head out for a movie and then some … Casa Blanca Theatre.

Thank you Santikos Entertainment for sponsoring this post. No worries, all opinions are solely my own.

Fitfunand … Casa Blanca Santikos Theatre.

I can’t imagine you not wanting to be a part of this legacy so enter now for your chance to WIN 4 Santikos VIP passes! Good luck!

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12/20/15

The Birthday Girl … ME! #FelizCumpleaños

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One, two, three, four, five …  (fast forward) 2015 : )). Keep calm, it’s the birthday girl!

I keep telling myself that I am only as young as my heart tells me and that special number appears to have fixated itself in the 20’s. I will never let a silly number dictate what I can or cannot do. I do what makes my soul happy and this year in particular I wished for a horse ride.

 

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I ended up falling off my horse one time and never rode her again. Her name was Big Red and my granddad ended up taking care of her. I felt that it was time to conquer my fear and giddy up!

December 3rd every year was a big deal. The coolest cakes, themes, presents and the most important, familia. The day of my birth reminds me of birthdays past and the love that was put into them. Every year now is a day to live just a little extra. I am happy to be alive and yes I am reminded that time goes by so quickly. I don’t want to live fearful, I want to live fearlessly : ). 

 

I decided to try Hollow Tree Ranch  in New Braunfels, Tx. Their motto is “Horses training riders”. Jeff Oliver is the founder and owner of Hollow Tree Ranch. I spoke with Jeff when making my reservation and he was so sweet and easy to work with. He answered all of my questions and when we arrived took care of more concerns from my group. I feed off positive energy and that is all I ever felt from the moment I called. My daughter hadn’t gone on a horse ride in years and mentioned that she was a little scared. His response, “what in particular scared you so I can make it better for you”? The one hour ride was just enough to get our giddy on but left us wanting more.

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Was it what I hoped for…YES! Will I be back…YES! Next up, the Moonlight ride and I can hardly wait : ).

The day was not just for me but for me to share this special adventure with the people I love. Life is better with family and friends. Thank you Jeff for being a part in making this memory memorable for all of us. Words cannot describe the what the ride meant to us individually. Empowered we became as we conquered our fears.

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We left the ranch on such a high and discovering that right down the rode was Dry Comal Creek Winery was an even bigger surprise, could my birthday get any better?

This would be my daughter and her best friends first wine tasting and who better to share this with than with her MOM. The girls had a blast and we were even treated to a special tour of the place.

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The sangria was delicious and the wine tasting was a huge success for the girls.

 

 

 

My beautiful evening ended with a family dinner at The Little Red Barn, my granddaughters favorite steak house. I believe it’s because the waitresses dress up in cowboy hats and boots. My Madelyn loves a great themed anything and I adore this. Do more than just exist, when you can and while you can!!

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For more information here are the links on Hollow Tree Ranch & Dry Comal Creek Winery. The trip took less than an hour from San Antonio and we all know any hill country road will lead to an awesome adventure.

CHEERS to finding the Giddy up in your step : ). Grab your boots and just go!!

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Fitfunand … Happy Birthday to me!!

 

10/3/15

The Little Latina That Did.

A happy SOUL a happy LIFE. 

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Melanie & I

A little over a year ago I had the pleasure of meeting a sweet,smart and beautiful Latina by the name of Melanie. I was attending Cinefestival, a week of Latino film in San Antonio,TX. We started talking and she mentioned that she was a  Lifestyle Blogger at quemeanswhat.

What is a blogger you ask, well so did I? In a nutshell these are just some of the essentials a blogger does.

  • They write about what they find important and meaningful to them.
  • They share the above mentioned information through a Blog and or social media.
  • They have the ability to make money through blogging.

I thought this was amazing. To create, educate,learn and possible earn. I loved the concept and just had to know more. I met up with Melanie soon after and she answered all of my questions.

I was so inspired to also have my voice be heard. Melanie told me to talk about what I was passionate about and it was very clear to me. Fitness is a huge part of who I am, fun is how I like to live my life, and my family is my heart.

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My blogging journey has been very positive. I have learned to be more fearless in exploring who I am and what I can do. I want to know more and do more in the hopes that I can inspire others to do the same. I do not consider myself a writer but if I write about what is in my heart I can’t go wrong, right? My life,my way!

I can definitely say that I took a leap of faith. Who would want to read about my life and my experiences? Fast forward a year later and I am blown away at what has happened.

  1. I reached over 100 blog subscribers.
  2. I worked on my first campaign with REI.
  3. I have made unbelievable friendships.
  4. I was asked to be the Ambassador for Latino Outdoors in San Antonio,TX.

My story, my way and if this is the beginning I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I am still a work in progress but I am happy. Happy to be a little more fearless and happy that I am taking more risks in discovering what more I am capable of becoming. I will forever be grateful that Melanie was put in my path and that I was unafraid to explore what I just knew in my heart would lead me to great things.

Latino Outdoors is family now and together we hope to share and explore our love for the outdoors.

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My ultimate goal is to live to 100 with beautiful and crazy stories to tell and I can’t forget them if I write about them……LOL.

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My first steps …..Outdoors and Fearless!!!

Fitfunand……ME!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08/30/15

Keep Calm & Road Trip.

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I love spending time in the outdoors and this summer I took a week off to do random day trip’s. Summer’s in Texas tend to get a little heated so I decided to head to some watering holes that I hadn’t been to.

Krause Springs in Spicewood,Tx is about 95 miles from San Antonio,Tx. The honey was my travel partner for the day and with our destination picked out all we had to do was hit the road.

I knew my day would be full of adventure so my heart was full of happiness.

Krause Springs is a well-known camping & swimming site located in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas. The 115 acre property is listed on the National Registry of Historical Sites and has been privately owned by the Krause Family for over 50 years and has many natural sites to explore. There are 32 springs on the property, and several feed the man-made pool and the natural pool which flows into Lake Travis. There is primitive camping & RV site’s w/electricity & water.

A nice little surprise was the Butterfly Garden filled with beautiful flowers,chimes and a hammock big enough for two.

The place is perfect for families with younger children and is filled with many places to picnic with the bathrooms within walking distance.

My favorite part was driving in. A sign saying be careful of cattle was the first thing I noticed and I thought of course, it’s Texas! We kept driving and we went right past a herd of cows : )).

The honey and I hiked for about an hour and we came across a couple of gorgeous waterfalls.  A pool is located not too far from the watering hole. I felt as  a whole that his place had just a little bit of everything but not too much. We went on a weekday in July and we still had plenty of space to be alone on the trails. The pool and watering hole were full but not packed. It is not a huge park so just be picky in deciding when to visit. We left happy and I would definitely come back. The reviews were mixed when I did my research but I would say that my experience as a whole was a good one. I feel that with the right people and the right attitude your day will be great no matter what you find.

 (things to know before you go) Krause Springs

  • Cash only
  • No pets allowed
  • Bathroom w/shower stalls
  • You can fish on lower parts of their property
  • Open year round
  • No glass containers
  • No life guard on duty
  • $7.00 per adult (12 + years) Day fee
  • $5.00 per child (5-11 years) Day fee

 

Fitfunand ….. JUST GO!

 

08/14/15

Stay Wild …. Go Camping!!

Screenshot_2015-08-11-23-18-32_wm-1I have always had a connection with the outdoors. One can never have too much happiness and mine is found in the beauty of the WILDerness.

 

I partnered with REI recently for their #LETSCAMP & #HAZLOEPIC Summer Campaign. I was so excited to be a part of all the “coolness” that is REI and as a partner REI sent me an REI InCamp 4 Tent, a super light  Backpack and a really neat Campfire Rocker

 

It was going to be our granddaughter’s first camping adventure and in order to make it a memorable one for her we only had one place in mind….CONCAN,TX. It was the place the honey and I had taken our girls most summers growing up and it holds many special memories for us as a family. Madelyn has often heard us talk about camping and now that she was older the time was right. I am not sure who was most excited : ). 20150712_124056-1

 

I was so thrilled to be a part of making her experience a fun one and may it only be the beginning to many more with her.

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The hardest part was picking a weekend we would all be available since the girls are older now.  It had been some time since we had all gone camping together and we were all most excited for Madelyn. I had hopes that she would enjoy it as much as my girls did.

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Just like old times …. but with one more!! Friday couldn’t come soon enough. The honey and I went up a day early to set up the campsite. The girls arrived the following day and we headed straight for the river located just a few feet from our campsite at Mager’s River Campphoto 2 (21)

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Swimming and hiking are a perfect way to stay fit while having fun. The temperature soared and so did our appetites so after much swimming and exploring we decided to have Dad do what he does best….barbecue!!! Dinner was served and we headed back to the river once more (because we could) before settling in for the night : ). We had promised Madelyn a special treat once it got darkshe guessed it…S’mores : ).IMG_2638

 

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We had one more task to complete before calling it a night…..spooky stories, with a PG rating for our little 4 yr old.  Madelyn decided she would go first and we would all take turns holding her Hello Kitty lantern. The title of her story she told us was “The Midnight Creeper” LOL! We knew at that moment that Madelyn was officially a Camper Girl and I beamed with pride as she headed into the tent for the night.  The next day as were slowly getting ready to leave Madelyn said “I wish I could live here forever”,  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

I sat back and took it all in. I had shared my LOVE of camping with the girls and to know that they were happy and almost childlike again in that environment was a beautiful thing. The stars did shine brighter in the Texas Hill Country!

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Camping Do’s & Don’ts

  • Do call ahead to make reservations, especially if the place your going to is a popular one.
  • Do ask questions and let them know how “seasoned” you are …. or not! Most places are helpful in finding the campsite that is right for you.
  • Do your research ahead of time on what amenities and facilities the parks offer.
  • Do check the weather for the time you will be camping so that you will not be stuck in a crazy weather storm (unless you like living on the edge).
  • Do allow yourself to connect with the outdoors and always be courteous of your fellow campers.
  • Don’t LITTER!
  • Don’t go unprepared. Food,water,shelter and a great attitude.

REI PRODUCT REVIEWS

I was very impressed with the tent and how quickly it set up & the instructions are on the bag. Super light and very roomy.

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The campfire rocker instantly became Madelyn’s and she claimed it the moment we took it out of the box. It was love at first sight and it even made it to the river.

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My favorite turned out to be the backpack. It was extremely comfortable and light, perfect for the day and girly enough for me!IMG_2453 (2)

My REI journey has been AMAZING!! I have met people that I know will be in my outdoor future for a lifetime. I will be announcing an exciting opportunity that has come my way very soon  so stay tuned : )).

Fitfunand ….. the outdoors!