The Quest for a Healthier Lifestyle — Hiking

A few years back, Cole and I tried our hand at hiking. We are definitely novices, but I enjoyed being outside in the fresh air and spending quality time with my husband. After a while, we stopped due to a job change for Cole that required him to work overtime on Saturdays (our hiking day) and I felt the loss of that time with him almost immediately.

When my brother and sister-in-law became our roommates a couple months ago, they started talking about a backpacking trip through Yosemite they want to take in September. They are new to SoCal, but they said if the trip goes well, it will become an annual occurrence. My brother, Paul showed me a blog of a woman who went through the back-country of Yosemite for 7 days and shared her gorgeous photos and her life-changing experience; he told me that he will be following her itinerary when they go. I looked through her blog and got jealous immediately. At the health level I’m at right now, I wouldn’t be able to make it 7 days in Yosemite with nothing but the equipment I carried on my back; my stamina would not allow it… But after reading about this woman’s journey, I wanted to figure out how I could work my way up to the level I need to be at in order to join them on this trip next year.

I decided that I need to begin with baby steps and work my way up from novice hiker to experienced and I’ve enlisted my friends to help! We started a “hiking women’s club” and have promised to go on a hike, with gradually increased difficulty, every Saturday morning. Last Saturday was our first “hike,” which ended up being a 4 mile walk on the El Dorado Nature Trail near my house. It was a good intro to hiking and we had a lot of fun. This weekend, we’re heading over to Laguna Beach for a hike that will also be 4 miles, but will climb higher in elevation and be a little bit more difficult than just a nature walk.

I realize that getting into a healthier lifestyle will bolster my hiking abilities and once I get more comfortable with hiking longer distances, I will focus more on my diet and venture out for a walk every evening.

The blog Paul showed me can be found at this link.

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