Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ecosox Bamboo Hiking Socks Giveaway Winners!

We had a number of good submissions for the Ecosox Bamboo Hiking Socks Giveaway. Ashley and I, have made our selections and we want to congratulate Rohan (for for his comment on our website) and Kristal (for her comment on our Facebook Page), you both are the winners! Please contact us at ABhikingblog@gmail.com and we will get your prizes to you! Thank you again to the folks over at Ecosox for the opportunity to do the giveaway. For those submissions who were not selected, please stay tuned as we have another product giveaway in the works!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Ecosox Bamboo Hiking Socks Giveaway

 This week, Ashley and I posted our review of the Bamboo Hiking Socks we were sent from the folks over at Ecosox. Ecosox makes great bamboo hiking socks. They sent us several pairs of their Breast Cancer Awareness Socks to review. They provided us with a couple of extra pairs of socks to do a giveaway for our readers!

Details on the Giveaway: There will be two winners in this giveaway and each winner will receive two pairs of Bamboo Hiking Socks. The Bamboo Hiking Socks can be a great gift for yourself or alternatively can make a great Christmas gift for the hiker in your family. Each winner will receive on pair of the Medium and Large size Bamboo Hiking Sock.  

How to Enter: There are two different ways to win! We will select one winner from our Facebook Page and one winner from the Comment Section of this Post. Each person can enter once on the Comment Section of this Post and can enter once on our Facebook Page
Comment Entry: Please leave one comment on this post telling Ashley and I your favorite hiking trail and why it is your favorite spot! Must leave your name in the post, anonymous posts will not be considered.
Facebook Entry: Please leave one comment on our Facebook Page telling us your favorite hiking adventure you had with a friend and TAG that friend in your post.
Because Ashley and I will be out of town this weekend in Los Angeles, the contest will stay open through the weekend and will close Monday, December 15, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Fine Print: Ashley and I make the final decision for this contest and there’s no appeal and the contest is open only to US Residents. Good Luck!!! We look forward to reading everyone's submissions!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Celebrate Christmas at the OC Zoo Dec. 13

Celebrate Christmas at the OC Zoo Dec. 13

(Orange, Calif.) – Join OC Parks and the animals of the OC Zoo to celebrate the Christmas season on Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christmas at the OC Zoo invites children to a special story time with Mrs. Claus and a visit with Jolly Old St. Nicholas. Guests will enjoy seasonally inspired crafts and holiday face painting. Watch the animals of the OC Zoo receive treat-filled gifts hidden inside of Christmas trees and inside gift boxes throughout the day. Reservations are not required to enjoy Christmas at the OC Zoo. The holiday activities are free with paid zoo admission.

While at the OC Zoo, take a ride on Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train through Irvine Regional Park. The Christmas Train runs November 28-30December 5-7, and 12-23.

The holidays are upon us so gather the family and ring in the winter season in celebration with OC Zoo and OC Parks!

December 13 – Christmas at the Zoo
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: OC Zoo (inside Irvine Regional Park)
1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Cost: $2 per person, ages 2 & under are free
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6847

November & December - Christmas Train
Location: Irvine Park Railroad (inside Irvine Regional Park)
1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Cost: $12 per person (children under age 2 ride free)
Parking: $5 per vehicle and free after 5 p.m.
Contact: (714) 973-6835 or (714) 973-3173

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ecosox Bamboo Hiking Socks (Product Review)

Recently, Ashley and I were sent several pairs of Bamboo socks from the folks over at Ecosox. Ecosox is the maker of bamboo hiking socks. They sent us several pairs of their Breast Cancer Awareness Socks, which raises money for a great cause. For each pair of socks sold, one dollar is donated to the Dayton Breast Cancer Foundation. Raising money to defeat cancer is a great endeavor!

Here is a little bit about Ecosox: Ecosox has over 100 different colors and styles of socks in production. They offer diabetic socks, compression socks, sport socks, hiking socks, and athletic tubes, all of which are made from bamboo. Bamboo socks help with moisture control, odor control, and help prevent blisters. Over 90% of Ecosox's products are made in the USA.  Ashley and I always enjoy it when we see American companies making their products right here in the United States.

Ashley's Review: Ecosox Bamboo "Hiker" socks: I tried out the size medium in the regular Bamboo sock (as opposed to the "Light" version). I wore these several times out on a local 3 mile trail and can definitely say that after I was done with my hikes, my feet felt great. The brand claims that the socks are designed for "a casual stroll through the woods or a multi-day backpacking adventure in the mountains." The socks are supposed to keep feet dry, odorless, supported, and the temperature regulated. Based on these four points, my 3-mile walks or hikes tend to cause my feet to sweat or get hot--as with any form of activity. I loved that the socks did what they said they would do. My feet were supported and cushioned during my hikes, which is nice because of the big arch in my foot. I loved that the socks didn't have an odor after because they wicked moisture away (I secretly used them twice in a row without washing...is that bad?). The most important thing for me was the regulation of temperature. I hate having the feeling like my feet cannot breathe. Often times, I can't wait to take off my hiking shoes and slip into my flip flops right after because my feet are so hot. I loved that these socks kept my feet cool. It helped my overall temperature too because my body wasn't trapping in as much heat--compared to say wearing Ugg Boots with heavy socks, it's meant to insulate heat so you stay warm. I felt comfortable while wearing theses socks. I also didn't get any blisters, but I think that's also because my shoes were broken in. I will have to test these out on some new shoes. :) Aside from that, I liked that the socks could be rolled up or down, depending on how much of your leg you want covered. The socks are also a nice neutral shade, so for fashionistas that need to match, problem solved!

Ecosox Bamboo "LIGHT Hiker" socks: Honestly, I can't tell much of a difference between the two socks. I wore this pair on the same 3 miles hike a couple of times and found the same to be true as far a the claims this brand makes about their socks--that's a good thing! They are definitely consistent. The only difference on the packaging is the word "Light." I notice a SLIGHT difference, and I mean slight. The lighter sock is a tad softer than the thicker pair. But I would wear either one for a small or large hike and be fine. They work the same way as the regular socks, as far as regulating temperature and moisture wicking goes. They had no odor. I can roll the socks up or down. Comfort is #1 for me, and these socks surpassed! Plus, who doesn't want something more eco friendly? They are made out of bamboo!

Brian's Review: I had the chance to wear a pair of the Ecosox Light Hiker, size large which fit a shoe size 10 to 13. The socks were extremely comfortable and provided great moisture control in my opinion. I tested the socks out on our local 3 mile trial as well. The socks are perfectly form fitting and did not slide, which was great. I am proud of Ecosox for donating a portion of the proceeds from their profits to fight Breast Cancer, but my one suggestion is for this line they create a couple of socks without the pink, since that is probably not a color that most men will wear. They should keep the packaging the same pink design, for the consumer to know a portion of their purchase is going to a good cause, but provide other color options for this line of socks. I will update my review after Ashley and I get a chance to do a really long hike in these socks, to further test their durability. The pricing point on the Ecosox is comparable to other high end hiking socks and you can get a pair for between 5 and 9 dollars depending on the type. These truly are extremely soft socks that "feel" very good to the skin and I would have no trouble recommending them. For a sizing chart, click Here. You can find these socks on Amazon or at the Ecosox Store.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Give the Gift of Peace of Mind with SPOT this Holiday Season

Here is a good Holiday Deal, Ashley and I were recently informed about, for those of you looking for hiking gifts for family and friends this holiday season. We are not being paid for this post, but simply thought our readers might like to know about the mail in rebates for the different type of SPOT products that are out there this Holiday Season.
SPOT Trace tracks your most valuable assets virtually anywhere, using your phone or computer. Affordable and easy to use, it's a no-brainer for your cars, boats, motorcycles, toys and other valuables. Pricing begins at $99.95$50 with mail-in rebate! 
SPOT Gen3 provides location-based messaging and emergency notification technology that allows you to communicate from remote locations around the globe. It offers custom tracking interval options, motion-activated tracking, long-life battery and more. Pricing begins at $149.95$75 with mail-in rebate! 
The SPOT Global Phone works virtually anywhere in the world. It boasts superior voice quality, the MOST competitive airtime pricing in the industry and the fastest handheld data speeds in mobile satellite today. Pricing begins at $499.95$250 with mail-in rebate! (Offer valid on Orbit 40/Galaxy 480 service plans or higher. Offer not valid for Orbit 10 or Galaxy 120 service plans.)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Celebrate the Holiday Season at Heritage Hill Historical Park

Celebrate the Holiday Season at Heritage Hill Historical Park
Seasonal Events to Warm the Heart and Bring Families Back to Nature
(Lake Forest, Calif.) – Spend the holiday season in the great outdoor winter wonderland at Heritage Hill Historical Park. The month of December welcomes a busy calendar of festive events and public programs at the park for all to enjoy.

On Saturday, December 6, Heritage Hill Historical Park welcomes the 33rd Annual Victorian Christmas. Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy holiday traditions of the past. The park’s historic buildings will be festively decorated for the holidays.  Enjoy live musical performers, local craft vendors, and food available for purchase.  Families and friends will enjoy fun, hands-on activities including Christmas ornament and card making, candle dipping, Victorian-inspired crafts, and cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus.

Also at Heritage Hill Historical Park, the annual Candlelight Walk returns on Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14More than 1,000 luminaries will light the park’s pathways as strolling carolers and musicians fill the air with music.  Children can visit with Santa in the arbor and sit at a historic school desk while storytellers spin holiday tales in the one-room El Toro Grammar school. Visitors will enjoy music as they tour the 1930’s Bennett Ranch house and can watch a Spanish guitarist and Flamenco dancer in the 1863 Serrano Adobe. There will also be ongoing entertainment in the 1891 St. George’s Episcopal Mission.  Hot chocolate, apple cider, and homemade cookies will be available for purchase.


Gather the family and ring in the holiday season in celebration at Heritage Hill Historical Park.

December 6 – 33rd Annual Victorian Christmas
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park
25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Cost: $4 Adults, $3 kids ages 3-12 Parking: FREE

December 13-14 – Candlelight Walk
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park
25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Cost: $4 Adults, $3 kids ages 3-12 Parking: FREE