H Is For Hiking

Here is a fallen tree I cam across during a hike up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Here is a fallen tree I came across during a hike up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Hiking is one of my favorite things, and I love that there are many trails all around Southern California. I have shared in earlier posts I do not believe you must have a gym membership to be active and healthy, and this is something I came to realize as a pedestrian and bicyclist. One thing people find surprising about me is I hate to drive, so I have never done it. When I was younger people kept asking me when I was going to start driving, and I finally got to the point I told them I do not plan on ever being behind the wheel.

A couple of years ago I started commuting on a bicycle, which cuts down travel time, but I still love to walk. In my free time I like to go for walks around the city, and hikes on nature trails. This spring I truly need to go for more hikes, and the nearby hills are calling my name. I wish I could go hiking in the San Bernardino Mountains more often, but when I am not up there the local trails here in the Inland Valley will suffice.

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Here is a video showing my trek up a steep trail. I even found a prickly pear cactus along the way. This video illustrates how there are hiking trails near the city, and you just have to search for these on Google maps.

4 Replies to “H Is For Hiking”

  1. Great photo of the fallen branches. Reminds me of being in 5th grade and the teacher telling to imagine walking along a path and coming across 5 objects — a shoe and bear are the only ones I recall — and writing a story about your adventure.

  2. I like hiking, too, and a walk in nature is much more fun than driving through the countryside. I understand your decision to remain a pedestrian and a cyclist. I didn’t drive at all when I lived in Taiwan, and I got to see many interesting things that way.

    I love the photo of the fallen tree along the trail. And I do wish I could find a prickly pear cactus on my walks here, like the one in your video.

    1. I think it is cool that most people want to drive, I just wish others would stop telling everyone they must drive. Some people like me are just not the best drivers, and on top of that I just never had much interest. Once I stopped trying to live up to the Southern California expectation that a car equals freedom, I started feeling more free. I like to go hiking when I have free time, and I always see different things.

      The prickly pear cactus I spotted on this post was here in the Loma Linda area. The fallen tree was up in the San Bernardino Mountains. I like how there are these little microcosms with different plants and animals, even thought the drought is becoming more pronounced here.

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