It’s hard to explain the feeling I get every time I venture out to the hiking trail. I guess the right word would be “freeing.” Escaping the buzz of the city, the ping of text messages, the world of work emails and client frustrations, to enter a quiet oasis is liberating.
Spending time outside is one of my favorite things to do. What can I say, I live for the sunshine and fresh air. With that said, I hadn’t truly explored the world of hiking until summertime of last year when my newly found friend, Kristin had introduced me to this relaxing form of exercise.
It’s amazing what a little dirt and fresh mountain air can do for your soul. It feels amazing to listen to the birds sing, watch deer graze and take pictures of the beautiful landscape. After my first trip, I was immediately hooked, and have been ever sense.
With several hikes under our belts, we decided to make the trek out to Joshua Tree a few weekends ago to enjoy the dessert heat and check out these crazy Joshua Trees everyone has been talking about lately.
The hike was gorgeous, the rocks huge, and there were climbers galore! After watching some of these dare devils scale the side of some crazy rock formations, I must admit that I have the urge to try it out myself. (If only I wasn’t afraid of heights, yikes!).
It didn’t make much time for us to climb a few rocks ourselves after hitting the trail. There were so many neat caves and rock formations that were just begging to be explored.
My favorite one we came across was this little rock valley that had a large rock nestled in between. Such a cute little hideaway, an ideal place to slink away and be alone with your thoughts; watching the world, and the critters, pass by.
Exploring new things with a friend adds new found adventures to the trip. I enjoyed my time on the trail with my pal and we even leaned a thing or two about one another that we didn’t before. The desert heat can make you open up, like nobody’s business.
Trekking across rough terrain, on the side of a mountain, with your best friend can really put things in perspective. Once we reached the top, we both fell silent. Breathless from the beauty that was before us. Well, that, and the fact that we just finished a 4 mile hike all up hill.
Looking over the valley, into the abyss, made me realize how simple and beautiful life can be. There’s no need to stress over the small things, or even the big headaches for the matter. Take one day at a time, do the best that you can with what your given, and strive to grow your relationships. In the end, after all, the people we’ve met across the way and the impact we’ve had on their lives is all that really matters.