Sometimes I feel guilty for driving long distances to the country/mountains for a 10-mile hike. Sure it’s nice to get away from the city and enjoy the peace and solitude of the mountains, but I need to be a conscientious oil-consumer as well. So last week I managed not to drive my car for three days, which means I did a lot of urban walking. On Saturday morning I woke up saying to myself, I’m going to do a 10-mile hike in the city today. So I packed my day pack with the usual 10 essentials and hit the streets of San Diego using the smartphone app MapMyWalk to chart my course. I live in North Park, which is about four miles away from downtown. I walked to Whole Foods in Hillcrest to check out their 25% vitamin supplement sale. Unfortunately, they were out of cod liver oil. From there I walked down to Little Italy for the farmer’s market. I’m currently on a budget so I managed not to buy fresh goat cheese for $15. At that point I needed a cup of Joe and a bathroom break. I stopped into a Marriott Hotel, used the restroom, and then sat outside with a coffee and oatmeal cookie I had brought from home. So far so good. After my short break I walked to the Convention Center and to get some elevation I walked up and down the stairs that they have outside. I passed by Petco Park and then hooked onto Park Blvd., passing by Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. I then reached my quaint neighborhood of North Park and finally found myself back in my humble studio. I did 11 miles that morning. After much pondering, I decided that I would try not to drive my car 2 or 3 days out of the week. If anything, I’ll be saving money for bigger backpacking trips in the summer. 🙂
Archive for January, 2014
I was up in northern California visiting my mom during the Christmas/New Year’s break. She lives in the small town of Manchester on the Mendocino Coast. Now this is truly northern California as Manchester is about a 3-hour drive north of San Francisco. Whenever my uncle phones her he jokingly asks, “So, how is Oregon?” The terrain is quite different from southern California. The area is covered with dense forests of redwood trees rather than open desert terrain. There are some hiking opportunities in Mendocino County, but after a while I think one would miss the challenging rugged trails of southern California. In any event, one can manage to stay active by walking along the coast or along country roads, or go for a bike ride and brave the traffic on Highway 1. During my two-week stay I explored the coastal Stornetta Public Lands, hiked in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and Mendocino Woodlands State Park, and of course I couldn’t pass up a tour of Anderson Valley Brewing Co. If you plan on driving through this area, then I recommend visiting these places.