SoCal Travel Guide – Rejuvenating Our Souls with a Pacific Crest Trail Hike

We headed out to the Pacific Crest trail via White Water Canyon Preserve with our PCT association guides and wandered through the PCT trail.  On the Pacific Crest trail we found several flowers in bloom, a great landscape and reminder of beauty in the desert.   We also stood in the middle of a PCT landmark with the Pacific Trail South towards our left and the Pacific Crest Trail North to our right.   It was my first time on the PCT and a great introduction to the famous trail.   The afternoon on the PCT is an experience I will never forget.  It was very healing.   It has inspired me to  return to the PCT with friends and family and continue my journey to explore the healing mysteries of the Pacific Crest trail.

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The Pacific Crest Trail is the perfect getaway for exploring the beautiful trails of California.  Walk in tent camping is available for individuals and groups by permit on a first come, first serve basis.  You’ll discover a lot of wildflowers on the trails as well.  You can take a 1 hour hike or several day hike depending on the type of adventure you are looking for.  Our guide hiked the Pacific Crest Trail twice.  We toured the Pacific Crest trail South for a 3 mile hike.

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Hiking Trails At White Water Canyon Preserve

1. Canyon View Loop Trail 3.5 miles Moderate A loop trail with excellent views of the canyon and surrounding mountains. This trails leaves from the Whitewater Ranger Station, and follows a segment of the Pacific Crest Trail heading south. When crossing the riverbed, keep your eyes peeled for a small wooden footbridge that will carry you across the Whitewater River.

2. Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail “PCT” A 2650 mile trail that runs from Mexico to Canada Get there in 1/2 mile along a trail from the Whitewater Ranger Station.

3. Red Dome 2 miles each way, 4 miles total Easy –moderate Leave the Whitewater Ranger Station and hike to the Pacific Crest Trail. Hike north on the “PCT” 1.5 miles to this small red rock hill in the canyon bottom. Continue past Red Dome if you wish to reach the West Fork Trail.

4. West Fork Trail 1.6 miles from gate to Stonehouse, 3.6 to Pacific Crest Trail Easy-moderate The West Fork Trail departs from the Mission Creek Preserve gate, and passes the historic Stonehouse in 1.6 miles on its way to the Pacific Crest Trail. It is an eight mile hike from the Mission Creek Preserve gate to the Whitewater Preserve Ranger Station.

5. Cottonwood Trailhead along the Pacific Crest Trail 8 miles Moderate –Difficult Follow the Pacific Crest Trail south from the Whitewater Ranger Station to reach this parking lot off the Haugen-Lehmann exit on Interstate 10

Hiking Tips

What To Wear: Bring comfortable walking shoes, cold water, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellant.

Hikers Beware:   Stay alert, there are snakes on the trails.

Best time to Visit:  Palm Springs area is hot during the summer.  Recommend visits during the Fall, Winter and Spring.  Best time to visit is the Spring to view the wildflowers.

 

Location

9160 Whitewater Canyon Rd.

Whitewater CA 92282

Additional information at Pacific Crest Trail Association or  White Water Preserve.

 

Happy Trails!

Eva Smith Tech Life Magazine

Wild Movie Womens Retreat | How To Rest, Rejuvenate & Restore Your Soul

 

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invited me and a guest to a Wild Movie Women’s Wellness Retreat in Palm Springs, California. It was an event filled with rest, rejuvenation and a restoration of my soul.    We celebrated the release of the movie Wild on DVD with morning yoga, a hike through part of the Pacific Crest Trail similar to the movie Wild, Spa Treatments and campfire discussions.

I was so excited to invite my sister to a Wellness retreat in beautiful Palm Springs, CA.  It took us several hours of planning to get out of our homes.  There was the typical guilt that happens with us as wives, moms and women when were heading off somewhere without our families.  How will they survive with out us?  Let me buy groceries so my family  doesn’t starve.  Do I really deserve some “me” time?  Needless to say, we did!  We packed our bags, stopped listening to all the voices that tell us we don’t deserve some “me” time and headed off to a well deserved Women’s Wellness retreat.

Wild Movie DVD Screening

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On the afternoon of our arrival we were treated to an outdoor screening of the Wild DVD movie before its release on a giant screen.  We enjoyed lots of treats including salted pretzels, chocolate, popcorn, speciality drinks and received a gift REI backpack with lots of goodies including the Wild Movie DVD, Wild movie Soundtrack and Wild Book.  We also received a map and hiking guide from the Pacific Crest Trail Organization and Palm Springs Travel guide from the Visitors Bureau.

The DVD includes a lot of special features such The Real Cheryl Strayed, The real weight of MONSTER, A Pacific Crest Interactive map, Deleted scenes, several promotional featurettes, A Photo gallery and a special message from Cheryl Strayed,

We all bonded under the stars as we laughed and cried over the powerful message in Wild movie and prepared ourselves for an journey of self-discovery the next day.

 

Resting Your Soul With Yoga

 

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Our day started with morning Yoga to encourage overall health and wellness.   We learned several movements to strengthen and stretch our bodies and breathing techniques to rest our bodies.  We were able to release the stress and pressures in our bodies and be present in a calm and peaceful space.  I walked away from the Yoga session with better posture and techniques to make my body more flexible and relaxed.   It was a calming experience.

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We prepared ourselves for our trip with a healthy breakfast and an immersive virtual reality session, “Wild – The Experience”, with a scene on the Pacific Crest trail with Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern characters created by Fox Entertainment Home and Fox Searchlight under the newly created Fox Innovation labs.   Through the Oculus and Samsung VR equipment we were able to experience a never before seen segment and witness scenes on the PCT.  It was a surreal experience and it felt like we were actually there.  I really felt like I could just reach out into virtual reality and touch Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspooon).  It was a surreal experience.

 

Rejuvenating Our Souls with a Pacific Crest Trail Hike

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We headed out to the Pacific Crest trail with our PCT association guides and wandered through the trails.  On the Pacific Crest trail we found several flowers in bloom, a great landscape and reminder of beauty in the desert.   We also stood in the middle of a PCT landmark with the Pacific Trail South towards our left and the Pacific Crest Trail North to our right.   The afternoon on the PCT is an experience I will never forget.  It was very healing.   It has inspired me to  return to the PCT with friends and family and continue my journey to explore the healing mysteries of the Pacific Crest trail.

 

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Spa Treatments and Campfire To Restore Our Souls

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After our hike we headed to the Spa for beauty treatments.   I got a pedicure and my sister got a fancy massage and body scrub.   Every room at the Spa is very peaceful and calming.   We spent a couple hours in complete silence just focusing on our selfs as we realized how important it is to focus and nurture our physical and emotional health and spa treatments, quiet time, healthy food and healthy hikes.

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We wrapped up our Wild Women Retreat with a Happiness campfire and a night of reflection & smores with Tedx speaker and author Britt Reints.  Britt shared her personal story of healing from recklessness and  provided us with encouragement and tips to stay healthy and happy.  She encouraged us to remove distractions from our life, to be compassionate with ourselves and most importantly, that we are bigger than our fears.  She is an amazing lady!

I’m very thankful for the staff at Fox Home Entertainment for our trip  and the movie Wild  for the gentle reminder to stay physically and emotional healthy by prioritizing  “me time” and going on adventures of self-discovery to rest, restore and rejuvenate our souls.

Wild movie on Bluray/DVD is currently available in stores near you and online and can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/WildBluray.  I’d recommend a Wild Movie Women retreat experience to all women.   Go ahead and round up all your girlfriends, buy the movie, hike the Pacific Crest Trail and have a Women’s Wellness retreat.  You do deserve it!  In order to give more to those around you, you need to give to yourself too.

Looking forward to the future, gratitude to the past…

Namaste!

Eva-TFL

 

 

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