Happy Memorial Day, Double Chinners! I hope you had a long, restful weekend. This weekend I was a busy little bee, but I did it right: mixed social plans with fitness! My friend Jason had raved about a hike at a place called Charmlee Park in Malibu, so I asked him if he’d want to join Matt and I for a Monday hike. This place was absolutely gorgeous!
After the hour-long drive, we started off by eating our sandwiches – because as you know, any good workout requires the proper fueling up. I had a turkey sandwich and baked cheetos. Nom, nom.
Then, we were off! We climbed into a meadow full of amber grains and endless grasses. There were wild flowers everywhere, and bees happily flitted around the blossoms. Giant sprays of yellow mustard popped against the blue sky. See?
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for a hike. It was in the low 70s, and a cool breeze showed up every time we huffed and puffed up a hill. I had to stop a few times to take pictures of the local flora, like these pretty purple flowers hiding among some grass.
After a bit of a trek, we arrived at the first vista. Can you imagine living out here?!
We continued onwards and ended up at the second ocean overlook. At this point I was swooning and thanking my parents for moving us to such a heavenly place.
We huffed and puffed and chugged up a few more hills to check out some “Ranch Ruins”, which were really just like rocks. It’s wasn’t even exciting enough for a picture – with the breathtaking ocean views, a pile of rocks was sort of underwhelming. I took a few more pictures of flowers.
This was a perfect hike because it was challenging enough – the majority of it wasn’t backbreaking, cardio labor, but there were a few tough hills that had me cursing my excess weight. I really love hiking though, because it’s a great way to work out, socialize, and take in the incredible sights. It doesn’t really seem like exercise. At the end of the hike (about 2.5 hours), I was sweaty, hot and tired – but feeling good after all the endorphins and vitamin D kicked in. Can’t you tell?
Did you do any fun kinds of fitness this weekend? What did you do?