Monday, February 8, 2010

We have all heard the phrase “Like a kid in the candy store” before. Well screw candy, give me Trailmix!

Desktop1 is an awesome new store located across the street from the California Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento. As someone who used to live about 15 minutes from OldDesktop Sacramento, I am totally bummed that this store was not around back when I was. It is basically an educational toy store combined with an outdoor gear store for kids. They have an awesome book selection and a craft room where kids can make projects like birdhouses, fossil necklaces, and tabletop greenhouses. Are you drooling yet? I know I am.

I absolutely loved meeting the owner who couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful. She let me talk her ear off about geocaching, something I didn’t know much about when I walked in their door but now can’t wait to do. Its basically a scavenger hunt of epic proportions that people can do in their own neck of the woods with a GPS. If you do decide to become a hardcore geocacher, is your place to get all the latest and greatest supplies.  (Take a really cool virtual tour of the store here.)

Speaking of scavenger hunts, when you are in Old Sacramento with your kids you HAVE TO go pick up a free scavenger hunt sheet from and try it. At the end of the hunt your kids will be able to go back to the store and claim a little prize out of the treasure chest. The hunt is fun and educational and I can’t wait until my kids come back to Sacramento with me so we can complete it together. My friend Lora at  Tripping With Kids (a must read blog, especially for those of you living in Northern California) completed the hunt and had a blast. You can read about it here.

If you live across the country and have no plans to visit Sacramento any time soon you can still get your fix of Trailmix. They have a great website filled with great products and activity ideas. Check it out here.

Note: This was not a paid or solicited endorsement of I just loved this store that much!


Bre said...

Mmmmm.....I love Trailmix too!
So yummy!

I've also recently heard about geocaching(sp?) and it sounds like SO MUCH FUN!!!!
I guess it's a pretty big thing up here in least bigger than in AZ. I can't wait till the kids are old enough!

That store sounds awesome by the way.

Sharlene said...

Bre your kids are old enough now! If they can walk they can geocache! I am gonna try it soon and I will let you all know how it goes.

Debi said...

I've heard about this place and SO want to visit. You'll have to let me know how your geocaching adventure goes -- it's on my short list of things to try, too!

stephbouf2 said...

Get me some Trailmix! You met the owner?!? cool :)
That sounds like a lot of fun! I need to talk my mom into coming across the country!

Mike Barlow said...

Hi Sharlene - Thanks for the kind words about the store!

Mike and Sara Barlow

Lora Barrett said...

Great post on Trailmix, the store IS like a candy shop. Thanks for the link back also.

By the way, if you are getting started in geocaching, let me point you to another post that goes over the basics: