Return to Love

Love of Nature that is, specifically hiking. I have been an avid hiker for close to 20 years now. For years I hiked solo, enjoying as many of Northern California’s trails as I possibly could. Fast Forward 15+ years, I much prefer group hiking.

Yesterday I joyfully joined two groups,Hiking Every Available Trail, otherwise known as H.E.A.T, and We are Family Wellness Group on a day adventure to Yosmite National Park. Close to two hundred people, mostly people of color, got in their cars and two large buses, to hike the Mist Trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls. It was hot, steep, crowded, and a lot of fun. Lot’s of love on those trails.

For me it was a major deal. Fifteen years ago during my first offical hiking trip to Yosemite, I silpped and fell in front of Vernal Falls, breaking my left leg. It was a painful process, but 3 heros carried me to the back of the mountain so that I could ride by horseback to the Yosemite hospital. Needless to say, I didn’t get to finish the hike, but that didn’t stop me. I set my mind to hiking the trails in Yosemite again.

Breaking my leg 15 years ago didn’t stop me from hiking, I continued on once I healed. I kept my eyes on venturing to Yosemite again.

As I walked to the spot where I broke my leg all those years ago, I felt a sense of triumph, plus joy that I was able to make it passed Vernal Falls to Nevada Falls and back down with some great people.

Over the last two years I have not been able to hike as much as I prefer. That changes now. I’ve set my strongest intention to hike at least once a week. That’s a tall order for me considering my current schedule, however staying connected to what I love is key to life long balance.

Hiking is a great way to get exercise. It’s also a great way to see what nature has to offer. Mostly, it’s a great way to relax and connect. Whether you connect with nature, or other hiking enthusiasts, hiking is a wonderful addition to a fitness routine.

Wherever you choose to hike, I pray you enjoy every moment. Remember, bring healthy, high-protein snacks, and plenty of water.

Be mindful however, please consult with a competent medical professional before starting a new fitness routine. Plus, be cautious of natures little gifts, such as poisons ivy/oak, ticks, wild animals, cliffs, and strange people. Otherwise, enjoy!


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