Now that you’ve got the part one of ‘being active’ with a friend part down. Here is the second strategy to staying active or ‘exercising’.
2. Go on Hikes
Hiking is not only inexpensive, but it rarely ever seems like ‘exercise’ to me because it’s such an easy and enjoyable way to stay active. Depending on where you live, there are probably a few hiking trails near you. Google is always my friend when I want to discover a new trail to blaze, and exchanging hiking destinations with friends is also another great way to stumble across new places to explore. I often enjoy hiking with my friends or boyfriend. I definitely prefer it over shopping. The best part about hiking is that you can decide on how challenging you want it to be. Either stroll along at a leisurely pace or charge down the trail.
If you’re on the west coast, here are some scenic hikes that I’ve enjoyed.
Punchbowl Falls: Portland, Oregon – One of my favorite all time hikes. You can swim out to the waterfall, the entire trail is pretty much shaded, and everything is incredibly green.
Vernal and Nevada Falls: Yosemite, CA – This hike is quite strenuous due to the steepness of the trail, but the view that you get when you reach the top makes it worth it. Near the base of the waterfall you end up getting drenched from the sprays.
Alamere Falls: Point Reyes, CA – This one is a hidden gem. It’s about an 8 mile hike round trip and you’re hiking through trees and along the coast at some points. There’s always something to look at! The waterfall falls right onto the beach and you’ll get to do some rock climbing to get to the base of it.
Land’s End: San Francisco, CA – This one is a relaxing hike. You get to stroll along and enjoy the outdoors. It’s great for having conversation and you’ll encounter many joggers out there too. The baths (picture below) are fun to explore.
Castle Rock: Los Gatos, CA – This one is a special one to me. I enjoy all of the rocks and boulders available to monkey around on. I’ve literally fallen every single time that I’ve been here, but I keep coming back. There are many clearings you can step out onto if you dare to crawl on a few boulders cropping out. It’s a steep drop down, but if you’re safe about it then you’ll get to enjoy some breathtaking views of Evergreens.
Arroyo Secco: Monterey, CA – It’s around Monterey and Salinas. I enjoyed this short hike because you get to hike through water, swim, and cliff jump. My friend brought her GoPro and made a video of the adventure. It captures the cliff jumps and back flips: Arroyo Secco Hike
Morro Bay: Somewhere in Morro Bay. I can’t remember where this was exactly, but we discovered this beauty when the tide was low.
Point Lobos: Monterey, CA – This one is more of a leisurely walk along the coast. Enjoy the briny air and all of the wildlife. There are plenty of cute seals!
There are plenty more hiking trails to explore, but it’d take forever to write them all out. If you have any favorite hiking destinations, let me know in the comments below! I’m always open to discovering new trails to blaze.