Adventures in San Diego: Mountains to the Sand
This weekend I led a hike for a sport and social group called VAVI (don’t ask what it stands for… it’s a mystery). We hiked to the top of Iron Mountain, which is one of the more popular hiking spots in San Diego. It’s only about a 5.5 mile up and back trail but it is one of my favorites, simply for how beautiful of a hike it is.
The VAVI group hikes 6 Saturday’s in a row, doing a different hike each week. I’ve been leading these hikes since 2007 but have never hiked all 6 hikes in a row… I usually only lead two of the six. So I committed to hiking all of them this round with the current group (partially because this current group kicks ass). But it got me thinking about commitments… especially being a personal trainer and the commitments people make to their health goals. Even though I work in a gym, there is just something special that nature offers that doesn’t have it feeling like a workout or something that you “have to do”. Doing something good for yourself becomes this enjoyable experience.
I am extremely grateful for having the opportunity to live in San Diego… given the rest of the states are freezing. We’ve got temperatures in the mid 60’s, beautiful sunny skies and a 7 day forecast that reflects that of your perfect vacation. No complaints here. And one thing about the people who live in SD is that sure do know how to get out and enjoy the nice weather.
The Iron Mountain hike was full of people but everyone we pasted smiled and said good morning. It’s nice to share the same connection of being on top of a mountain and “connecting with nature”.
After the hike a couple of us headed to the coast to soak in some sea breeze. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park resides at the end of Sunset Cliffs Blvd (naturally) in Ocean Beach/Point Loma and has all sorts of trails (more like nature walks), caves, tide pools, and of course… the best views of the sunset.
After a long day of hiking and roaming the trails of Sunset Cliffs makes me think how much living in San Diego sucks… said no one ever. I’m so grateful to be living where I live. Not sure if I’ll stay here for life but for now it’s exactly where I did to be. I mean, c’mon… how awesome is it to be on a mountain top in the morning, the beach in the afternoon and have it all be within a 40 minute radius!
Something to think about… no matter where you live I am sure that there is something beautiful around you. I know it’s easy to get caught up in work and social life, but take a second or a day or even a weekend to connect with nature. It’s healthy for not just your body but for your mind and spirit as well.
If any of you non San Diego people out there ever visit SD make sure to send me an email that you’re coming to town. I’ll help you out on where to go and what to do (and eat). I want to hear about where all of you live! Share where it is you live and one thing is a must see if I ever traveled to your town… because let’s be honest… I just might do that. 🙂