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I love hiking. I have been doing it since I was little.

Instead of going off to summer camp, my parents signed me up for day camps where we would hike all over the Santa Cruz mountains, learn about the watershed and animals, and draw pictures of plants and waterfalls. IMG_3795

A few weekends ago we hiked Inspiration Point, with this amazing view. I am not in the best shape right now, so I was DYING on the way up.

But…I felt AMAZING on the way down.

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I want to make it a goal to hike once a weekend when we are in town. I love working out while feeling like I am taking advantage of living in this beautiful place. I also love feeling like you’re in the middle of no where – so quiet. IMG_3803 IMG_3802 IMG_3810 It was pretty hot that day and the last part of the trail coming down had no shade. Right when we came to the trail head, a group of genius kids had a lemonade stand. In the shade, of course, where all the hikers coming down the mountain were walking by with their now empty water bottles.

I don’t know if I was just really thirsty, but those kids know how to make some lemonade.

Do you like hiking? What are some good trails in your area?

 

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