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Hiking [Jan. 13th, 2003|12:57 pm]
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Yesterday (Sunday), kit_ping and 3catsjackson and I went hiking in the hills above Berkeley. Specifically, we went to the Tilden Regional Park near the San Pablo resevoir.

This is a beautiful hilly area with some great trails. I hadn't been to this particular reserve before but am familiar with the general character of California scrub hillsides. Since it's recently been raining (indeed, we got out of the park just before a front moved through and dropped some more), all the plants were fresh and bright.

It also meant that the trails were muddy. The park has some paved and packed-dirt trails but... Well, I have a specific approach to hiking. One might call it a manic interest in nature, emphasis on manic. :)

When I'm out hiking, I tend to like the rougher trails that get you right out among nature. I think that hiking should involve trails where you have to watch your step, work around trees, and hop some streams. I consider deer tracks to be valid paths.

This is somewhat contrasted with Kit and Brian's view of hiking. They're more in favor of paths that don't make it a challenge to remain upright. And there's nothing wrong with that! Everyone has their own preferences for hiking and that's cool.

But after the first 20 minutes or so on a wide paved trail, we had the option of descending a hill and returning up a different valley trail. It's always more fun to hike in a loop rather than retrace a trail.

So we went that way, down a smaller dirt path. And it became narrower, steeper, and wetter as we went on; I became happier, scampering down the wooded trail. The trail got quite challenging as we descended through a clay layer in the fold of the hill. With the rains, the clay became a lubricant on the inclined trail, adding to the challenge. As for me, I was having a blast. A rat in the woods.

I did apologize to Kit and Brian afterwards, in case I was rather dragging them along. But they claim it was okay with them and all's good. Though I suspect Brian now has a much clearer understanding of why Kit and I don't often hike together. We ended up going 4.5 miles in 2.5 hours; it doesn't sound like a fast pace until you realize that there were sections where we had to cling to tree trunks while descending hills.

All in all, a glorious day out in nature! My soul is soaring and my shoes are soiled.

[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2003-01-13 02:08 pm (UTC)
Sounds like the difference between my wife and I on camping. I believe camping requires the absence of electricity - she believes it requires the existance of roomservice. :)
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[User Picture]From: traveller_blues
2003-01-13 04:48 pm (UTC)
Heh. Having gone camping entirely too many times in my youth, I can safely say that there is only so far one is willing to go without hot showers, flush toilets, refrigerators, and unlimited cooking power. Which is to say, 'I can visit camping sites, but I wouldn't want to sleep there.'

Myself, I'm definitely a 'paved or gravel' unicorn, and at worst, I'll live with 'packed dirt'. Not mud. No mud. Did I mention I really hate getting muddy? -:) Might have something to do with slipping down a muddy hill in Golden Gate Park and having mud smeared all over my sarape (it came out) and sweatshirt (it didn't) -- and then having to walk through a museum for two hours looking (and I suspect smelling) like I'd been an extra in an Irwin Allen film. -:D


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[User Picture]From: 3catsjackson
2003-01-13 10:41 pm (UTC)

No no no no no.

Adam, you ignorant slut. You have misinterpreted my hiking preferences, overgeneralizing isolated circumstances into erroneous preferences. I normally love having the ground slip out from under me... why else would I seek to repeat a snowboarding experience? Have you considered that your vastly wrong opinions are only helping the terrorists?
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[User Picture]From: branded93
2003-01-14 07:18 am (UTC)

Re: No no no no no.

*Ears perk* snowboarding?!?!? where when??? hiking aaand snowboarding?? even better!!!!!! :o)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-01-14 12:16 pm (UTC)

Yes yes yes yes yes?

Hey, I always overgeneralize! And dont' call me Shirley. (Oh, wait... damn, wrong joke.)

Yes, you see when Kit came upstairs with the suggestion, she mentioned several key words, including "hike", "hills", and "redwoods". The first two turned out to be quite accurate, though I don't remember any redwoods.

So I was firmly thinking "hike". You know, once something does get into my brain, it's darned hard to shake it.

So I was fairly sure you'd actually enjoyed it, but both you and Beth had this real grimace at the end of the hike when I asked about it... Could've either been "That actually was cool" or "We'll bludgeon him in his sleep tonight".

And snow doesn't stain so I wasn't guessing snow and mud were equals in your preferences. Because if we only have snow and SUVs, then the terrorists have already won.
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[User Picture]From: 3catsjackson
2003-01-14 02:05 pm (UTC)

Re: Yes yes yes yes yes?

Overgeneralizing is always the wrong thing to do in every case.

I believe "Redwoods" came up as the name of one of that chain of parks. But it's easy to miss the phonetic capitalization. I'm sure there are actual redwoods in there somewhere, because names don't ever lie.

>Could've either been "That actually was cool" or "We'll bludgeon him in his sleep tonight".
Both thoughts were thunk at various times, primarily the former. The latter was mostly due to the disparate perkiness levels. Almost seemed like all the energy between the three of us had floated over to you -- quite irritating, especially after I took over your headache.

Perhaps mud would be a solution to the terrorist problem. Spread some liberally around all areas of national significance, so they slip and look silly as they attempt to bomb things. The humiliation could be more than any religious zealot could bear.
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2003-01-21 03:17 am (UTC)
Can I just say that we NEED to go on a hike together sometime. After spending the summer in Alaska, I've been starved for decent challanging hikes here in California, esspecially the coastal range. I've hiked in Tilden Park before, up the summit trail to the stone cirlce bench thing at the top. Quite a view of SF from there. You've got my email (I think). We should arrange something. I'll see you at FC anyway. See you then!
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