Product Review: Greenbelly Bars and Kickstarter Campaign

Product Review: Greenbelly Bars and Kickstarter Campaign

In 2015, I am pleased to say that I have found a meal replacement bar that fulfills all of the requirements that I am talking about above, and more. In this case, I am talking about Greenbelly meal bars. These bars have been formulated by Greenbelly to have one-third of a person’s daily value of calories; along with the necessary companion items, such as carbohydrates, fiber, fats, and sodium; and are made from all natural ingredients.

Wigwam Motel

Wigwam Motel

One of the most iconic things about America is United States Route 66, or just Route 66. From songs to stories, the former 2,451 mile highway had an important role in American history and pop culture that eventually spread out to many places around the world. Although Route 66 is no longer a highway; it remains a National Scenic Byway that people still travel on today. Obviously, over the last eighty-nine years, a lot of things have changed over the whole of the entire Route 66, but in San Bernardino, time has appeared to stand still at the Wigwam Motel.

Clairemont Mesa Trailhead to Shepherd Pond

Clairemont Mesa Trailhead to Shepherd Pond

Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) is one of the best places to go hiking in the City of San Diego. Containing over 5,800 acres of open space, it is the largest city park in the State of California; and the seventh largest city park in the United States. Among many things, it contains the historic Old Mission Dam; beginner and intermediate rock climbing routes; and Cowles Mountain. Mission Trails, however, is more than just the Dam and Cowles Mountain - it is an area with over forty miles of hiking trails. While most of the park's visitors concentrate on the Eastern portions of the park - Cowles Mountain, the Old Mission Dam, the Grasslands Loop, and Kwaaypay Peak, there is also plenty of great hiking on the western side of the park without the crowds. A great intermediate hike is the Clairemont Mesa to Shepherd Pond route, which provides excellent views of the interior of the park, and slightly different terrain than a standard San Diego hike.

Mount Helix

Mount Helix

One of the best views in San Diego can be found with minimal effort at Mount Helix. This East County mountain is 1,300 feet tall, and provides great three hundred and sixty degree views of the City of San Diego and the Pacific Ocean to the West, and views of the local mountains of South and East San Diego County. The summit of Mount Helix itself is located in Mount Helix Park, which is a private park that is open to the public year round with no entrance fee. 

Deer Springs Trail to Strawberry Junction

Deer Springs Trail to Strawberry Junction

One of the best places to hike in Southern California is Mount San Jacinto State Park, in part because there are a number of great routes up Southern California’s second highest mountain; and in part because the park offers a number of great hiking opportunities for all skill levels. One of the more moderate hikes that doesn’t involve summiting the mountain, but provides great views and solitude is Deer Springs Trail to Strawberry Junction.

Fire Canyon/Silica Dome

Fire Canyon/Silica Dome

Although the Valley of Fire has many stunning views, one of its most spectacular views requires little to no work, and is accessible to all visitors. The Fire Canyon/Silica Dome Lookout is centrally located in the Valley of Fire; and is a high point overlooking two of the many prominent geologic features in the park, Silica Dome, and Fire Canyon. Even though this is a very accessible area; chances are that you will have the location to yourself year-round, if you wait long enough. If you do, you'll get the chance to experience some desert solitude without breaking a sweat.

Atlatl Rock

Atlatl Rock

 The Valley of Fire is further away from Las Vegas proper; but it is Nevada's first State Park; and it contains the eroded remains of red sandstone formations that were formerly sand dunes some 150 million years ago. The Valley of Fire also contains Atlatl Rock, a series of petroglyphs carved over 1500 year ago. This rock is considered one of the best representations of an "atlatl" - a throwing board - among other things. There are also a number of other great petroglyphs near and around the actual rock.