My Thursday theme is now Treasure Trove Thursday. So what will I draw out of my treasure trove each Thursday? It may be totally useful(or not!) tips, travel highlights, trivia, or just about anything a virtual treasure trove can hold.
Today, I have my usual contributions to Thursday memes that I participate in, as well as some tips to get rid of ants in the house that seem to invade the kitchen every time you turn around, as well as one wonderful hiking trail in the San Francisco Bay area – a local favorite – the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.
For NaBloPoMo, where the prompt today is:
- Clean up
- Spray white vinegar on counter-tops and wipe clean
- Spray a mix of lime juice and water and wipe clean
- Sprinkle cinnamon /place cloves at entry ways for the ants
- Cayenne pepper does the trick too in keeping them away, apparently
- Spray Liquid dish soap spray and wipe clean
- Sugar and borax mix – a slightly messy solution but proven to work
- Diatomaceous Earth – this works too, according to the many places I checked
- Cornmeal – the ants cannot digest it and it is safe to use around kid/pets
- Vaseline – to barricade at entry points – temporary fix before using a more permanent seal
- Salt – works as a barrier
- Chalk – just draw lines with chalk at entry points.
- Coffee grounds – a little messy afterwards to clean up later but works according to couple of web resources.
Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. – Lush greenery everywhere your eyes can see, lots of options for hiking and beautiful views of the bay area. In addition to this, the preserve also offers abundant wildlife viewing, easy accessibility, and restrooms too! Parking can be a little difficult on weekends so arrive early if you plan to hike.We have been there a few times with the kids and we all enjoy being out there in the hills, watching the deer, looking out for horses that people have brought for a ride (we see the trailers parked in the parking lot), and just walking around the various trails. We also enjoy watching airplane enthusiasts fly their model airplanes – it is lots of fun and we plan to do it ourselves soon. Our last visit there found us gazing at deer, at least half-a-dozen model planes, and an almost empty parking lot (it had been raining the night before).
The preserve also has picnic areas and a farm (we have been there years ago but not recently). The PG&E trail in the park is something we have heard about from many of our friends who hike regularly but we have only explored part of it since we have been there with the kids. We do plan to do this trail fully someday soon – one other goal for this year for me, maybe, on one of those solitary energizing walks that I sometimes need!!
This is a 5-star place for all to explore, whether you plan to hike, bike, or just relax…