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Incline Flume Trail review | family friendly hiking trails Lake Tahoe

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pictured: view of Lake Tahoe from the Incline Flume Trail

Are you wondering how to find the entrance to the Incline Flume Trail in Lake Tahoe? Or maybe you are looking for family friendly hikes in the Lake Tahoe area? Or, maybe you have heard about the unmarked, yet insanely beautiful Incline Flume Trail in Lake Tahoe on the Nevada side of the border? If so, then you have the right place!

We love heading to Tahoe in the fall season. There are less tourists milling around, and the weather is insanely beautiful. It really is the perfect time of year to hike. The trails are not abandoned, but they are far from crowded; this makes hiking a fun experience which is both relaxing and soul rejuvenating.

My husband read an article about the Incline Flume Trail and suggested we hike it with our kids. We are always on the hunt for new, kid friendly trails in the Lake Tahoe area, so I was on board! The trail was described as having spectacular views of Lake Tahoe, a bit of history, and a flat, family friendly trail.

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pictured: entrance to the Incline Flume Trail

The Incline Flume Trail got it’s name from being an old logging flume. It has it’s historical roots in the now defunct logging industry which used to prevail in the area. The article my husband read promised a glimpse of abandoned logging buildings, and remnants of the areas logging past. Unfortunately we did not come across any markings, or structures, which alluded to the trail’s logging past. It is possible they are out there, and we didn’t go far enough down the trail to see them. We hiked for a total of three hours round trip, so roughly 1.5 hours in and out. We did stop along the way for a snack, and we also had a rock climbing break where the kids climbed some big rocks for fun.

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This rock was a favorite of my son’s

The Incline Flume Trail is a great hike with kids; despite the historical aspects being difficult to find. The trail is clean and well maintained. It is mostly flat, with a few areas boasting a steep edge. If you have small children, or any children, be sure to talk to them ahead of time and warn them not to run on the trail, and to be careful when there is drop off to the side of the trail.

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Steep edge of the Incline Flume Trail; be careful with kids and warn them to not run.

There are very few parts of the trail with this steep edge. The majority of the trail is flat and easy to navigate. This helps make the Incline Flume Trail popular among families, dog walkers, and bikes. Which brings me to. . .

There are a large number of dog walkers at the beginning of the trail. The farther in you hike from the parking area, the less dogs you will see. If you are afraid of dogs, like my daughter, then be prepared to meet up with several dogs on your way into the trail. People hike in pairs, and in groups, with multiple dogs; most on leashes. They are safe dogs, and the owners are responsible, so you don’t need to worry about getting bombarded; just be ready to see them.

In addition to dogs, the Incline Flume Trail is a favorite among bikers. There are small children learning to cycle as well as professional off-road bikers on this trail. Some of the bikes will move quickly, so yield to the side of the trail when they are coming your way. They always say thank you, and are cautious as well as friendly. This is a great trail which attracts polite, nice people. It is beautiful, and a great experience through and through.

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The Incline Flume Trail is bit difficult to find if you are not familiar with the area. The trail is not marked, so be sure to look at your mileage counter on your car, and look for the turnout where you can park. To find the Incline Flume Trail, which is not on GPS by the way, take Tahoe Blvd/28 to Mt Rose Hwy/431. While driving on 431, you will pass the Country Club on your right, and then look for Fairview Blvd on the right, the turnout to park will be .8 miles after you pass Fairview Blvd. A few cars can park on the right, but there is ample parking in the turnout on the left; which is what I recommend you look for.

The entrance to the Incline Flume Trail will be across from the paved, large parking turnout. There isn’t a sign, but there will be other people around, so walk between the parked cars (parked in the dirt across from the paved turnout) and you will see the entrance to the trail. The trail opens up between the trees and displays a beautiful array of trees, with a view of the lake behind you. The views of the lake get better as you hike farther into the trail; so keep going!

I hope you find, and enjoy, Incline Flume Trail! This is my new favorite hiking trail in the Lake Tahoe area so I am thrilled to be able to share it with you. Get out there and enjoy our beautiful country!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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Packed for New York Fashion Week and what to expect

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Tadashi Shoji fall 2017 runway last February. Photo Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2017©

Where does the time go? It seems like I was just writing about the fall/winter 2017/18 collections from New York Fashion Week last February; and here we are, looking at spring/summer 2018!

My schedule this season is a little bit crazy; so I am unable to attend the full week of shows at fashion week. Instead, I am flying out a day late, and leaving a little bit early; but don’t despair, I will be squeezing in as many shows as humanly possible in order to bring you the hottest trends from New York for spring 2018! Yay!

My fashion week coverage will start Friday, so watch my social media channels to see what is happening on the runways in New York. It should be interesting to see what spring 2018 will bring to the world of fashion.

Hopefully we will see more ruffles, metallics, bright colors, asymmetrical lines, and fun prints. If resort 2018 has anything to say about spring 2018, there will be stripes, bright colors and prints, shades of red and pink, western/cowboy inspiration, off-the-shoulder tops and dresses, as well as an explosion of athleisure looks. Let’s see if the old adage of resort being a glimpse into spring holds true!

I have packed outfits for fashion week which are both fashion-forward, and comfortable. If you have read my previous fashion week posts, you might remember my constant complaints of tired feet, walking, and standing. I found last September that wearing booties with socks is far more comfortable then killing my feet in cute high heels. This NYFW I will be repeating this trick by wearing booties with socks. You can take a peek at what I packed below:

What’s in my New York Fashion Week suitcase:

My fashion week beauty routine is simple and quick. I don’t bother with masks or deep cleaning while I am on the road. I use a one step cleanser on my skin and simple makeup. I will be using both Chanel and Estee Lauder lipsticks for color, my favorite Laura Mercier Caviar eye stick, Chanel blush, Laura Mercier foundation powder, and this fabulous foundation by Estee Lauder. If you are looking for a long-wear foundation which won’t clog pores, dry out skin, or do anything annoying to your face, haha, this is the perfect foundation! I just started using it and I am in love! Check out what’s in my NYFW beauty bag below:

What’s in my New York Fashion Week beauty bag:

Thank you for stopping by, and stay tuned! I will be seeing a lot of shows, so I cannot wait to bring you my favorite looks from the runways; and at the end of fashion week, I will recap the hottest trends for you!

Which trends are you hoping to see this spring 2018 season? Any trends you hope will disappear and not come back for spring?

XOXO

Cathy


Elemis x Misha Nonoo Luxury Travel Essentials for her review

Elemis x Misha Nonoo travel kit review

travel kit c/o Elemis: Limited Edition Elemis x Misha Nonoo travel kit

Raise your hand if you have had beauty products confiscated by TSA? My hand is up! I lost over $100 worth of beauty products flying back from Dallas last spring because I had “too many products” in my carry-on bag. If only I had this fabulous travel kit by Elemis when I was flying, nothing would have been confiscated!

This compact travel kit is the brilliant result of a collaboration between Elemis and Misha Nonoo. It is a limited edition travel kit which contains all of the luxury skin care essentials needed for travel; without having to worry about not passing inspection by TSA. Love that!

The Elemis x Misha Nonoo Luxury Travel Essentials for her kit contains everything we need for maintaining our skin care routine while travelling. Inside the kit you will find Elemis’s Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser (1 oz.), Balancing Lavender Toner (1.6 oz.), Papaya Enzyme Peel (0.5 oz.),  White Flowers Eye & Lip Makeup Remover (0.9 oz.), Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (1 oz.), Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream (1.6 oz.), and Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil (1.1 oz.).

All of these products are TSA approved; and the pretty makeup bag designed by Misha Nonoo has plenty of room for other items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, comb; and anything else you might want to throw in there!

My next trip will be a long weekend in Lake Tahoe, so despite the fact that I won’t be on a plane, I will still pack this travel kit since it will save a lot of space in my suitcase; plus the products are amazing!

You can find the Elemis x Misha Nonoo Luxury Travel Essentials for her kit online here. Where is your next travel destination?

*travel kit courtesy of Elemis, all thoughts and opinions are my own.