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      Celebrate The 4th of July Your Way

      Written By: Dianna Armand

      This will be a 4th of July Celebration like no other. After over a year of uncertainty the idea of celebrating life again is exciting. There are so many options to have a great time on the 4th, and not all of them require a large group of people with pricey tickets. We at Seed Peoples Market, love celebrations that are focussed on enjoying your friends, family, the outdoors and most of all making memories.So let’s get outside and celebrate the 4th of July. How about a backyard celebration, but with a twist? Something different than the standard BBQ. Maybe a backyard olympics party? This is guaranteed to be a great time for adults and children alike. Create a few games around your yard (front or back), break into teams. Each team will have a score sheet, and need to complete each game at least once. When everyone has rotated through all the games, total the score and see who is the winning team. If you set this up in the front yard, you may be surprised at the neighbors you meet.

      Speaking of neighbors, how about a neighborhood bike parade. Invite your friends and neighbors to come over and decorate then ride their bikes through the neighborhood. Provide the basics, streamers, balloons, etc. You can reward them with a cool 4th of July themed drink at the end or the journey. You want to get out of the city you say? We'll let’s go!

      How about camping for the family and friends, including the 4 legends of course, at a local campsite. Most cities in Southern California have a campsite just an hour or so away. This is a perfect escape especially if your pup is frightened by the loud noises on the 4th. There is nothing better than sitting around the campfire, cooking dinner,  making some festive cocktails and watching the stars. After all, those stars in the dark night sky are the greatest light show of all.Are you a little antsy from being away from people for so long and want to celebrate with something a little more flashy? There are some great local events that are happening this year. Here are just a few that will be a blast. The City of Huntington Beach is continuing the 117 year tradition of the largest celebration west of the Mississippi. This includes neighborhood decoration contests, a parade , a beer and wine garden and food trucks. Newport Beach is hosting the 10th Annual 4th of July is for Families Newport Peninsula Bike Parade and Festival. This event includes carnival games, music, food and much more. Last but not least Dana Point brags the Best Southern California Fireworks display. The fireworks are shot from a barge on the water, off the coast line of Doheny State Beach. If you are anywhere along the coastline of the OC, just look up between 5:00 and 5:55pm. The Condor Squadron will do their annual flyby in WWII airplanes starting in Huntington Beach and ending in San Clemente.Whether you decide to create your own fireworks display in one of the OC cities that allow fireworks or just choose to chill at home with a few close friends, make this 4th a celebration to remember.

      *Photos by:

      Aaron Burden

      Kevin Erdvig

      Max Andry

      Condor Squadron Organization

      Time To Explore Your OC

      Written By: Dianna Armand

      Orange County covers 948 square miles and is home to over 3.1 million people. Does that sound overwhelming? Yes, we think it does! Even in that expanse and all the people there are some amazing areas in Orange County that are definitely worth visiting. Whether it is a first date, a hike with your BFF, or a family trip with the kids, it is time to explore the OC. The first place we want to introduce you to is Victoria Beach. This is a beautiful white sand beach just South of Victoria Drive in Laguna Beach. The beach is great for a number of activities including scuba diving, skim boarding and exploring tide pools with the kids. The beach is a secluded gem, lined with mansions and beautiful views. Oh, and did we mention there is a pirate tower on the beach? This slightly askew turret was originally built in the 1920’s by the house directly above as a stairwell to access the beach. Keep in mind this wonder can only be reached at low tide. So check the tide charts, at this time of year best to go first thing in the morning. 

      If you go 35 miles inland from Laguna Beach down a tree lined road in Unincorporated Orange County right off the 241 you will find the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary. Once inside the center, there are interactive activities for the kids with educators available to answer questions. It also offers more than 85 species of birds that you can view from the observation porch, and family friendly trails around the sanctuary. Make sure to check with the center for current hours of operation. If you want something more challenging you are in luck as the Sanctuary sits at the foot of Modjeska Peak. Modjeska Peak is the second highest peak of the Santa Ana Mountains, reaching 5945 feet. This hike is for those seeking a fitness challenge. It is a little more than 10 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 2250 feet. A longer and somewhat more primitive hike, it has little shade so adequate water and protection from the sun is required. You will enjoy a relatively private hike on this chaparral lined trail, as it is seldom crowded. 

      Last but certainly not least, let's go to San Juan Capistrano for the day. This is an outing the whole family can enjoy, even the grandparents. Yes we know you have heard about Mission San Juan Capistrano, but there is so much more to see. Head down early and start your morning with a fresh cup of coffee and a bite at Hidden House Coffee. A short walk from the coffee house in the Los Rios Historic District is the family owned and operated Zoomars Petting Zoo. Whether it is a horse, guinea pigs, goats, a cow or any of a number of other animals they are all available to see. You can see, pet and even feed them fresh vegetables. Just up from the zoo is a quaint tree line street next to the railroad tracks. This path is flanked by small, unique family owned shops. This historic town has the small town feel that encourages a leisurely stroll and taking in all the sites and sounds. Once you have worked up an appetite, have lunch inside a historic train depot at Travors at the Tracks. We encourage you to go out and explore the OC. From beaches, to hikes, to afternoon walks many options are available for you just a short drive away. As  always share your adventures with us #seedinthewild #seedintheOC #seedadventures

      *Photos

      Nathan Dumlao

      Dave Hoefler

      Daniel Salcius

      The Things We Will See ... Road Tripping

      Written By: Dianna Armand

      We are the lucky ones, we live within a day or so from several states and amazing National Parks. The National Parks Service was established March 1 in 1872, with the first park being Yellowstone. Since the inception of the NPS,  more of the amazing natural spaces have been added. to reach today's total of over 400 parks. The time is now, get in your car or RV, pack your tent or make a reservation at a hotel. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just get out there and experience the amazing natural world around you. From Southern California you are only hours from any one of a number of National Parks. Two of them are Zion National Park within 6 ½ hours from OC,  and Yosemite National Park at about 5 hours from the OC . Let’s start with a trip to Zion!


      As you walk through the sandstone cliffs, and view the deep crevasses the rushing waters have left behind, are you able to imagine the first people, the Anasazis ? You are walking in their footsteps of 12,000 years ago. While in Zion your choice of activities are endless.  Biking, hiking, camping, Canyoneering and birding are a few of your options. Inside the park is the Zion National Park Lodge. Campgrounds are found within the park for tent camping and for RV’s. Be aware when packing for your trip that there is little to no shade in the campgrounds so be prepared for day temperatures to exceed 95 degrees and the nights to not dip below 65. You can spend your days hiking the many trails throughout the park. Trails range from easy to intense, but remember you are hiking in a desert, so plan accordingly. If you want a more leisurely visit to the park, staying at the Zion Lodge right outside the park is the way to go. Rooms in the lodge as well as private cabins are available. This national park is majestic and a must see!

      Now let’s change the scenery. We are going to move from the desert climate of Zion to the majestic trees and rushing waters of Yosemite National Park. Yosemite was first added to the Park Services in 1864 and is best known for its waterfalls and scenic views. Spanning 12,000 miles the park showcases deep valleys, grassy meadows, ancient sequoias and magnificent rock faces. When planning your trip to Yosemite you can stay in a luxury hotel, the Ahwahnee, traditional cabins, canvas sided cabins, camping or high country camping. 

      One of the many beautiful sites in Yosemite is the waterfalls. There are several in the park, and the best time to view them is in the Spring after the snow melts. Yosemite Fallsis the highest waterfall at the park, as well as in North America, coming in at 2,425 feet from the top to the base. The hike to the falls is a roundtrip of 7.6 miles that will take you 6 to 10 hours depending on your fitness level. If you are hiking with family, children and pets, check out the Lower Yosemite Falls hike. The lower falls in only a 1 mile loop taking about 30 minutes, but still rewards it’s hikers with amazing views of the falls. Want to take a peak before your trip, Yosemite has a webcam that allows you to see the falls in real time. 


      For additional information about any of the National Parks, visit NPS.gov.  As always, we at Seed People's Market want to encourage you to enjoy the longer days of Summer, hit the road, travel and make some memories. Share your travels with us, we love to see where your adventures lead,  #seedinthewild.  

      Remember when visiting any natural area to always leave no trace.

      *Photos by:

      Rich Martello

      Karan Chawla

      Adam Kool



      More Than a Barcalounger For Todays Dad!

      Written By: Dianna Armand

      Think about all the Dad’s in your life. Is it your dad, your partner, your best friend's dad? Who are the men that helped shape you into the person that you are today? We want to take a moment and honor those men. Today’s Dads wear many more hats than the barcalounger dad of years past. The modern father is a “Girl’ Dad”, an “Outdoor Dad”, and a“Real Dad” With all the hats the modern father wears, how do you find the perfect gift? No longer is a tie for every gift-giving holiday acceptable.


      A Girl Dad is more than a dad who simply enjoys spending time with his daughter. This is a father who strives to empower his daughter to create her own legacy in the world. To encourage and support his daughter to expect and fight for the same rights that a boy would enjoy. He always reminds her of her strength, he may teach her to play basketball, or change her own oil. 

      This support doesn’t end at 8, 15 or even 25. Maybe he becomes her running partner, and supports her in reaching her goal on completing that 5K

      The Outdoor Dad prefers a recliner at a campsite. He takes every opportunity to get outside with his kids and family. He takes them on day hikes and adventures up the California Coastline. Maybe they stop for lunch on the drive, or explore a tide pool. Maybe the day trip leads to a mountain trail, to see what colors Spring has brought to the forest. Maybe it is a weekend long adventure, camping by a river or hiking San Jacinto. Whatever the day brings, it will surely be memorable for father and daughter alike.


      A Real Dad stops what he is doing to get on the floor and play with his kids. He doesn’t spare the smiles and kisses. We at Seed Peoples Market want to celebrate these and all dads that love and support their children and family. Remember this Father’s Day to spend some special time with the Dad in your life. Get out, go for a walk along the beach, pack a lunch and say thank you for the lessons, the love and the memories he always helped to create. This June it is your turn. Create an experience that will not be forgotten. As always take photos to capture the special moments, and share them with us #seedinthewild #dadsoutside


      *Images by

      Derek Owens

      Juliane Liebermann

      Derek Thomson

      Camping ... A Weekend Escape

      Written By: Dianna Armand

      You hear the phrase all around you, "Back to Normal". We want to challenge you to take this opportunity to create your NEW normal. A normal that includes adventures with your partner, family memories, time in nature and taking deep relaxing breaths around a campfire. 

      At SEED Peoples Market one of our favorite activities is camping. Campsites are available on beaches, in mountains and in deserts. Some are less than an hour away, while others you can only get to with a bit longer drive. Week end trips or week long trips, it doesn't matter, memories are just waiting to be made.  

      There are a few easy to access, family friendly weekend campsites we want to share with you. The first is O’Neill Regional Park located in Trabuco Canyon just outside the city of  Rancho Santa Margarita. It is 4500 acres spanning Trabucco and Live Oaks Canyons and has day use and overnight campsites. The campground is surrounded by sagebrush, chaparral and other natural flora and fauna. Spaces are available for hiking, biking and BBQ’s, as well as firepits. Both tent and RV camping is an option. We suggest that you check out OCParks.com for reservations additional information, including current hours, and updates due to weather.

      What if your happy place is within view of the Ocean? No problem, check out San Elijo State Beach located along the San Diego Coast. 

      This beautiful beach offers overnight camping, swimming and surfing. There is also a nearby reef that is very popular with snorkelers and divers. Online reservations are available through the Reserve California website.

      Up for more of an adventure, maybe a little drive to the Northern part of California. Approximately 4 hours from Orange County is Sequoia National Park  located in the Southern Sierras and known for its majestic Sequoias.

      Overnight tent camping, cabins and hotels are located in various areas throughout the park, making the beauty of this area accessible for all.  Sequoia offers extensive hiking trails, some join the 211 mile trek of the  John Muir Trail. Other shorter ones about a mile round trip are perfect for families with younger children. Remember to be prepared on the trails, take a backpack for snacks, water  and the basic necessities regardless of the length of the trail.
       
      While visiting Sequoia you are almost  guaranteed to view some of the park's beautiful wildlife.  A complete list can be found at VisitSequoia.com
       

      Two hours south of Orange County is the Joshua Tree National Park. The Park sits where the Mojave and Colorado Deserts meet and covers 800,000 acres. Much of this acreage is not accessible, the parts that are accessible provide a diverse collection of plants and animals for visitors to enjoy. 

      Campsites are available at Joshua Tree, and are generally considered the best way to experience the natural area. A wonderful reference for the area is James Kaisers Guide to Camping in Joshua Tree. Being in the desert at night provides the most magnificent view of the stars in the pitch black skies. 

      Every year a National Dark Sky Festival is held at Joshua Tree. To enjoy this festival make sure to have a red flashlight, warm clothing and a chair. Above all have patience and be flexible. 


      Always remember to plan ahead, check out the local land State Park websites for all information you may need, including any restrictions due to the current environment. Whatever your new normal is make sure to include nature, outside activities, and of course camping!

      As always we love it when you share your adventures with us, #SEEDinthewild 

      *images by:

      Josh Campbell 

      Denys Nevozhai

      Jayma Leavengood 

      James Kaiser