“What’s the sign say? Difficult.”
Mission Trails Regional Park
1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego CA 92119
Claire, Keri (my two co-workers and friends) and myself went on a hike through mission trails. Our initial idea was to check out the Old Mission Dam. The dam was quiet and peaceful. Claire spotted some fish and two girls sitting along the wall warned us of snakes. Luckily we didn’t see any during our visit.
After the dam we explored the area surrounding it. The land was flat for the most part, no incline whatsoever. This would be a great hike for families and children. There are markers along the way with info in regards to specific plants and areas on the trails… very educational for those who are interested. Us girls wanted to get a little leg work out in before we left the trails so we decided to hit the 1 mile loop trail we saw on our drive in. Before we ventured up the trail we took a look at the sign. The level was difficult. In hopes of the sign being over dramatic we started up the trail. A skinny, windy, dirt path full of loose rocks and no distinct trail.
The trail continued up and around only getting steeper and more rocky along the way. I was VERY winded. I kept stopping to laugh at the fact that I was extremely out of breath. By the time we arrived to the top there were several large rocks it almost felt as though we were legitimately rock climbing.
We found a cool spot to sit in the shade on the rocks and check out the view. While hanging out on the rock we noticed a strange car stopping down below and what looked to be a stray dog wandering across the road. Claire said look a coyote nearly scaring the sh*t out of me. However it could’ve been a dog. Who knows, regardless the guy driving the blue car was concerned about this animal. My hunger also kicked in at this point. My apple for breakfast was no longer holding me over seeing as it was now 2:30 in the afternoon. Claire, always prepared brought some granola bars. Don’t know what i’d do without her! So, we shared some snacks at the top but left room for our delicious lunch plans we set for rubicon deli for after our hike. (DELICIOUS SANDWICH SHOP in mission beach. Check it out! They pack each sandwich with a chocolate chip cookie for dessert!).
After hanging out in the shade for a little we decided to go beyond the loop and try to make it to the tip-ity top. We hiked up towards the big rocks which had a sign that said no hikers beyond this point. Disregarding the warning sign about not hiking beyond that point we decided to rock climb our way up further. We got to a point where we felt our legs weren’t long enough to lunge up any further but in the midst of making our way to the top we found a cool rock where we could dangle our feet off of the edge. I got dizzy a couple of times after looking down… again, that natural fear of heights I discovered when attempting to cliff jump at Devil’s Punchbowl.
After hanging out up top we ventured back down the trail to the car. This was the part that totally screwed me. Note to self and everyone else who hikes in sneakers… Nike Frees, loose rocks and dirt are a horrible combo. Keri and I took several diggers. The rocks would start to slide from underneath my feet and I’d completely lose balance and just slide. It was kind of funny til I legitimately ate it. Luckily I was quick to catch myself but went from vertical to horizontal in a matter of seconds. Aside from falling on our hike down we all talked about the benefits of hiking and spending time outside doing counterproductive things like being active rather than doing laundry, errands, etc. We established that hobbies like hiking, surfing, being outside are spiritually productive. They just make you feel good and feeling good makes everything in your life feel good. So remember to take time to do what makes your soul happy.
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 the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit.”
Also, short story. I tried doing a heel stretch while balancing on a rock during my way up the trail. Photos taken in the process consist of some scary ones. Here’s one. I guess we can call it upward dog? – pup peeing on the fire hydrant edition.
Thanks for reading! Til my next adventure.