Hiking is my place of reflection, solitude, and meditation. When you live in a big metropolitan city like Los Angeles, it's important to have an escape.
With the grunge of the city and smog everywhere, it's freeing to find places of nature to escape into. One of my favorite places to hike and explore is Griffith Park. There are so many trails and even though it can get populated, you still feel like you are by yourself. The air is cleaner, more breathable up high.
I love hiking because I'm always stressed, so I reap so many benefits from my adventures. First of all, I'm getting exercise climbing hills & inclines, so my cardio health is on point; I'm getting fresh air into my lungs and I'm getting my blood pressure down by relaxing outdoors, in nature, with the sun on my skin (Vitamin D!).
Even if you don't live in a big metro area, hiking can be a great escape from the stress of your life, or even from the mundane. It's amazing exercise for your body and mind.
Take a page out of my book, I beg of you, go outside! Get your backpack ready and your hiking shoes on and go explore!
When you have children, and you enjoy hiking, a hiking first aid kit is essential! The little ones are always falling or jumping on rocks and scraping their knees, so it's important to have disinfectant and band-aids en mass! Here is a list of my go-to first aid kit items.
I live in Los Angeles, where there is a myriad of hiking to be had, & I don't hike. I'm a busy woman & I only make time for fishing. I need to incorporate hiking into my routine. I wanted to know what gear I needed.