Last weekend we had some beautiful summer like weather and at the same time the fall colors were at their peak so I decided to fit a hiking trip into our weekend. I don't know why we never visited this State Park in Eastern Iowa, Wildcat Den, because it's absolutely beautiful and less than 1.5 hours away from where I've lived for over 20 years. We usually drive east to visit the Starved Rock State Park area in Illinois for a day of hiking which is a beautiful area too, but this year we visited Iowa so much more! And I am glad we discovered this this park! In case you are wondering, yes, there are native wildcats living in Iowa (Bobcats and Lynx) but they are very secretive and rarely seen.
I'm sharing some pictures from this hike, but also wanted to write about what I wore, because I may have found the perfect yoga pants for hiking. (And of course I love them for yoga just the same).
Since this was our first time visiting here and it's said to be at moderate hiking level, I wanted to be better prepared than hike in jeans and regular sneakers which I do often when I am familiar with the trails.
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I thought my Yogalicious yoga pants with side pockets would be perfect!
TJ Maxx and purchased them in a capri and
regular lengths. This is the capri which fits me more like a crop. There is a pocket on each side, perfect for holding a phone, keys or some cash.
They are still available at TJ Maxx. You can find the Capri style HERE and the Ankle lengths HERE and they are also on Amazon - Capri lengths // Ankle lengths, although they are a bit more expensive through Amazon.
Some of you probably prefer higher end Yoga pants like those from Lululemon, but for my personal needs these affordable leggings are just perfect.
The tank top by Rachel Zoe is another item I found at TJ Maxx, probably at the same time. While not a typical workout shirt, I thought it was perfect for this day and it paired will with my black yoga pants. I don't have a link to this specific top, but TJ Maxx does have a nice selection of workout tops.
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Gorgeous photos (welllllll... except for the snake!!! LOL!!) and loving the outfit!ReplyDelete
Thanks Julie, and I have to agree with you on the snake LOL.Delete
Looks like a great hike! I don't often wear my real hiking boots as they are heavy as you said and wear them on the more streneous hikes. I should look at trail running shoes. You look very comfortable for your hike. Great pics!ReplyDelete
Thanks Mireille! It was a beautiful area to explore. We'll be back here soon for sure!Delete
What a beautiful place to hike!! I have recently bought a few pairs of yoga pants with those side pockets and just love them for hiking.ReplyDelete
The pockets are so practical!Delete
It looks like such a lovely hike!ReplyDelete
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Thanks Jennifer! We really enjoyed it!Delete
I have never heard of this park but I will have to keep it in mind when I go visit the kids. Great hiking outfit! I've really been investing in more activewear now since my lifestyle has so drastically changed due to covid. I have no need for regular clothes anymore it seems. I've become a huge fan of Under Armour and I've never been much of a brand person before. We have been to Starved Rock several times. My son was there twice this fall and complained of how crowded it was. Everyone is looking for a Covid friendly activity to do I guess.ReplyDelete
This park is in Iowa, Amy. Think your kids moved to Indiana so you probably won't be in this area.Delete
I usually live in blue jeans but these yoga pants are really so comfortable!! I'd love to get one of the black puffer coats you've been wearing on your recent hikes!
Ooh, I love trails that have old mills along the way! It is always so fascinating to me. These leggings look great and perfect for a moderate hike! I am loving that tree that you are sitting on with the insane root structure. How cool! Thanks for linking!ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by, Shelbee! It's a beautiful area to discover, I want to go back already!!Delete
Oh what a beautiful place for a hike! It looks so lovely there! Looks like a really practical outfit for it too :)ReplyDelete
Hope that you had a good weekend! :) Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup!
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