Looking for an intense summit to climb? Or rather, in need of a relaxing stroll? Maybe you’re meeting friends for a classic walk n’ talk session. Whatever your goals or activity levels — no worries. Santa Ana features hiking trails ready to walk the walk.
El Modena Hiking Trail is the ideal spot for an athletic goal chaser. With a moderate length, gorgeous view and multiple inclines, the hike offers an opportunity for a more intense workout. The inclines are, of course, followed by a panoramic outlook; El Modena will spike your heart rate and give you the needed spring in your step to tackle the rest of the day.
The Quail Hill Loop is a quick and quaint option for those hikers looking for something easy and manageable. Tall golden fields surround open dirt paths with only one incline shift on the 1.8 mile course. Quail Hill is the perfect place to walk the dog, catch up with a friend or treat yourself to downtime relaxation. Maybe even post a #sweatyselfie when completed– friends will be asking where you found such an accessible hike so close to the suburb!
The expansive nature of Fairview Park presents a variety of options for many different activity levels. From exposed bluff lookouts, to areas for bike jumping, to outdoor concerts in the park, Fairview boasts a community feel through and through. We recommend biking over with some friends, hiking through the grounds, and maybe stopping for a picnic next to a scenic outlook.
Find yourself exploring 12 paved miles along the Santa Ana River on the Santa Ana River Trail. This famed stretch is ideal for those individuals looking to bike or run long distances– think marathon or triathlon training. The trail links inland neighborhoods to the beach, and the diverse change of scenery is a great compliment to the lengthy distance. Keep yourself busy and check out all the cool spots along the path. If you choose to walk the trail, consider making a day out of it. Breakfast in the suburbs and lunch by the beach, all without having to step foot in the car!
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You already know that fresh herbs are the key to elevating your home cooking from basic to gourmet, but did you know that herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow? They can be grown in pots on a patio, in your garden, or even in a box inside your kitchen. Read on for a few tried-and-true tips for starting your own herb garden.
Location, Location, Location
It’s important to pick the right location for your herb garden. Most herbs prefer full sun as long as temperatures don’t rise above 90 degrees. In this case, consider planting in an area that gets morning sun and afternoon shade, or a place that receives partial light. Tip: check the area several times during the day to make sure that there are at least four hours of sunshine!
Soil Prep Is Key
Once you’ve identified the ideal location, you can start preparing the soil. If your soil is hard, sandy, or clay-heavy, add some compost to soften the soil and make it more welcoming for your new herbs – about 1 foot deep should do the trick. Even if your soil is in good shape, adding some nutrient-rich compost will help nurture your herbs as they grow.
Selecting Your Herbs
With so many different types of herbs, it’s hard to know what to plant. Learn more about some of the most popular types below. Pro tip: Add labels to each of your herbs to make them easy to find when cooking.
Basil: There are different varieties of this herb, but all of them are great. One of the most popular is sweet basil. It’s extremely versatile, but is most often used in Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Basil is favored for bringing out a warm, spicy flavor and makes a great addition to soups, salads, sauces, omelets and meat dishes.
Garlic: Like onions, garlic can liven up almost any meal while adding tons of flavor and nutritional benefits. Whether used raw or sautéed, garlic is a must-have ingredient for any savory dish. Just don’t forget the breath mints!
Oregano: The oregano plant has antibacterial properties which help eliminate unwanted bacteria in food as well as in your body. This herb also adds wonderful organic flavor to tomato-based soups, sauces, stir-fries and salads.
Chives: Much like other alliums, such as onions and garlic, chives are relatively easy to grow either outdoors or indoors and are great at warding off insects. The leaves of the chive plant have a mild oniony flavor and lend a little kick to salads, eggs, mashed potatoes and sandwich spreads.
Nurturing Your Plants: The Basics
- When planting your herbs, do not use composted manure. Typical composted manure is high in nitrogen, which makes the herbs proliferate but reduces their flavor.
- If you’re new to herb gardening, don’t start off planting on a large patch of land. You’ll be astonished at the constant flow of fresh herbs you can get from a relatively small space.
- Water often, but not too much; about an inch a week should do it.
- When planting, provide your herbs with adequate space and enough drainage.
Enjoy the Harvest
You can start enjoying your herbs as soon as they reach maturity. Allow your herbs to grow back faster by harvesting no more than a third of the plant at one time. Tip: herbs taste best if harvested before they bloom and are most flavorful when harvested in the morning.
An herb garden is an excellent way to introduce nature to your home, and it doesn’t require much space or any special expertise. Give it a try this season and enjoy the spice it adds to your meals and your life.
All good things must come to an end, and summer is no exception. The good news is that there are still plenty of things you can do right in your own neighborhood to get out there and enjoy it. Here are five local activities that you can still squeeze in before summer ends.
1. Check Out Your Local Farmers’ Market
There’s no better summer evening staple than the farmers’ market. With fresh, healthy choices and an abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables, you can eat well and have an adventure at the same time. The Dublin Farmers’ Market takes place every Thursday at Emerald Glen Park, right near The Wave. Don’t miss the delicious nuts, pasta, honey, and baked goods from farms and businesses in our backyard. Tip: Grab dinner from one of the food stands and turn the outing into a picnic in the park!
2. Get to the Water
Have lunch on a sailboat, ride a kayak or find your balance on a paddleboard. Santa Ana River Lakes is the perfect location to enjoy nature and soak in the last bit of summer.
3. See a Movie Outdoors
Chino Hills has a summer movie series your whole family will enjoy. See Sing on August 18, or choose another great film on their summer lineup. No matter where you live, check out your local community events page. You may be surprised to find a wealth of family-friendly choices you never expected.
4. Read a Book in the Park
The world has no shortage of great books and Dublin, California has plenty of beautiful parks – a match made in heaven! Why not relax on the grass at Emerald Glen Park with a good read? Or if you’re in the Chino Hills area, check out what Chino Hills State Park has to offer – you won’t be disappointed. Likewise, Centennial Regional Park or Morrison Park near Santa Ana are both perfect places to enjoy the weather and get lost in your favorite book.
5. Play Tourist in Your Own Community
No matter where you live, there are plenty of landmarks and tourist-friendly locations nearby. Looking for something interesting to do with the kids? Friends in town for the weekend? Take a careful look around and you will be surprised what you find in your own backyard. Being a tourist in other locations is common, but being a tourist in your own local community can provide you with hours of fun and excitement that you may have previously overlooked.
No matter what you decide to do with the last few weeks of summer, there’s still time to take advantage of the season. Whether you read a book on the grass or have fun at your local farmer’s market, summer is a beautiful time to appreciate life. What are you waiting for?
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