since writing about my Sunday routine shakeup, i’ve hiked twice. both experiences were great, but this post is about the first time.
i chose to hike the los liones trail in pacific palisades. it’s steep and demanding, but you’re rewarded throughout with panoramic views of the beach, ocean, and mountains.
it was overcast but not too sad when i started. the beginning of the trail is forest-y, which is a treat. and, not to sound like a retiree, but there was excellent bird watching.
one of the most peaceful aspects was the (obvious) lack of cars and evidence of them. by the end, though, i felt a longing for my little VW. but not as much as some people headed up the mountain as I descended. i overheard a winded woman in her 20s ask the group she was with, “how long is a mile on a mountain? is it different?”
if i were another kind of person i’d make a derisive comment about Angelinos, but i’ll refrain.
overall, it was a restorative, meditative, and satisfying hike, since there’s no time to be moody when you’re trekking uphill. i didn’t have a plan for how long i’d stay. instead i just kept walking until i completed the entire 7.5-mile trail.
once i got home, i sat in bed and watched an episode of mad men while recuperating before the evening yoga class where i originally formed this hiking idea.
my lower body was one giant hurt the day after, then my calves ached for a few days, but it was worthwhile.
not everyone needs to complete a 7.5-mile hike to solidify a new habit or take care of themselves. however brief or lengthy, a positive first time trying the new activity increases the chances it will become a long-term habit.