At the beginning of the year I had a goal of creating purposeful movement, otherwise known as exercise. I know I am not good at exercise for the sake of exercise. But, I do make time for the things I enjoy. So, to create purposeful movement, I decided walking in beautiful places that I can take pictures would motivate me. Who knew all the beauty that surrounded me? Just 15 minutes from my home is Mt. Madonna park. Tony and I began walking the trails of this beautiful park in the spring. From open brush areas to stunning redwood groves, it is a place that both renews my soul and gets my heart pumping. We have walked several trails. Most of the time you can find us hiking up Merry Go Round trail. At the top of this trail is a “rock”. The hike to the top isn’t official until you touch the rock. That rock represents a vigorous climb. About 10 minutes before reaching the rock is the steepest part of the trail. With each step I can feel my legs lifting my body higher and higher. It is at this point that I think I might just like to turn around and go back down. Instead of giving up, I am determined to forge ahead knowing the feeling of accomplishment is better that not finishing. We now have a bit of a hiking group. On Saturday mornings we invite anyone to join us on the adventure. We meet at 8:30a and walk a loop. The loop includes Merry Go Round, Tie Camp, and Ridge trails. When we do the long hike my fitbit registers 90 flights of stairs and over 10,000 steps.
If you are ever in the Gilroy, California, area on a Saturday morning, contact me and we can to the rock and beyond!
Here is a little video with the last bit of the climb to the rock.