A couple weeks ago my friend Tara invited me to join her and some Meet-Up buddies for a hike at the Point Lobos State Reserve
. It was a Saturday, the hubby was going to be working most of the day and the weather man was saying that temperatures were going to be climbing over the century mark - heading for the coast sounded devine!
The 5:00 AM wake up time to make the 3 hour drive, no so devine. But still OK! ;)
After the group got organized at a local Starbucks before heading out, we reached the park at about 9:00 AM. The early start turned out to be a good thing, because the park only allows a certain number of folks in at a time in order to protect the wildlife and the trails. Meaning that there is a line out to the highway once the park fills up, and you can only get in once someone leaves.
We handily avoided that issue by getting there early! ( How did the park look? Well, here are a few photos to give you an idea: )
It was beautiful! And coooool with all the ocean mist! And inspiring in so many ways. I had forgotten how much fun going out and exploring nature is. Realizing that I had forgotten that simple fact - me, who was raised in the mountains and explored them constantly as a child! - really was a revelation about where my head has been these past few years. My life is great, I love my husband and I have so much to be thankful for. But I need to remember that adventure is important too...
Tara and I have made a pact, we are going back to Point Lobos and we are going to trail run the 6 mile outer loop. I am very excited by this idea, and it has kick-started me on my training again. That run is going to ROCK!