Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just the summit.
My friends and I recently went to Santiago Oaks Regional Park to hike. Honestly, I’m not much of a hiker or an outdoors person, but I do enjoy hiking every once in a while. Hiking is actually really fun because not only do you get to exercise, you also get to enjoy nature, and the best part of it is that it’s free (unless there’s a parking fee).
We were suppose to go to the park at 8 am to avoid the heat, but ended up getting there at 10:30 am. It was pretty hot by 11 and I’m guessing by the emptiness of the trails, the heat scared most of the people away. Parking was $5 and the guy gave us a park map, which we only used once. It was easy to get around because all the trails were connected and it loops back. Santiago Oaks has tons of trails ranging from easy to difficult. We decided to go on the easy trails because it was our first time and we just wanted to explore. There were hikers, cyclists, and horses. (WARNING:there are horse poop everywhere!)
Overall, it was a fun experience. I will definitely go back again…when it’s cooler.