Trail Mix Deluxe Part 2: Go Take a Hike!

Here’s part two of of my day on the trails last weekend. I was doing my FCT treatment so I had to be outdoors all day, avoiding EMFs as much as possible.

On Sunday, after running and having brunch with UnitedLA I had a couple of options:

  1. I could relax, sit under a tree, and read a book.
  2. I could take a hike to the Hollywood Sign.

Since I just finished running 10.5 miles with the running group, the logical thing to do would be to relax under a tree with a book. I don’t know what came over me… I decided to go take a hike!

According to Google Maps, the Hollywood Sign is just over 4 miles away. No big deal... right?
According to Google Maps, the Hollywood Sign is just over 4 miles away. No big deal… right?

 

It was so much easier running down these hills a couple of hours ago! At least the views made the climb worth it!
It was so much easier running down these hills a couple of hours ago! At least the views made the climb worth it!

 

More hills... but somewhere along the way I chose the wrong trail and ended up getting lost.
More hills… but somewhere along the way I chose the wrong trail and ended up getting lost. Still, a very scenic trail.

 

Yeah… Google Maps wasn’t very helpful out on the trails to the Hollywood Sign. Thankfully, I met two other hikers who had lost their way to the Hollywood Sign and we decided to make it a team effort to find the right path. I needed company and they needed water… Luckily, I had an extra bottle filled with water and Nuun for them to share.

We're finally on the right trail!
We’re finally on the right trail! It was really cool of Grace & Alexa to let me tag along with them.

 

This part of the trail just seemed to go on forever! But it was made interesting by the horse tours that we encountered and the dude who picked up a snake from the trail.
This part of the trail just seemed to go on forever! But it was made interesting by the horse tours that we encountered and the dude who picked up a snake from the trail.

 

Finally, we turned a corner, looked up, and saw the Hollywood Sign!

This is as close as we could get without trespassing. I might save that for another trip when my legs are still fresh. ;)
This is as close as we could get without trespassing. I might save that for another trip when my legs are still fresh. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

It was such a relief to finally reach the sign with my hiking buddies, Grace & Alex.
It was such a relief to finally reach the sign with my hiking buddies, Grace & Alexa.

 

The girls were so proud of their accomplishment that they asked to borrow my selfie stick to commemorate the moment. :)
They were so proud of their accomplishment that they asked to borrow my selfie stick to commemorate the moment. ๐Ÿ™‚

I was not looking forward to walking all the way back to my car from here. I had already added an extra two miles to my hike when I got lost. Thankfully, Alexa & Grace agreed to drive me back to my car from Griffith Observatory where they had parked. They probably saved my life… Lol.

The 2-3 mile walk to the Observatory was a little anticlimactic after finally seeing the sign. It was also very hot at this time of the day. I found a can of coconut water in my pack and shared it with my hiking buddies.
The 2-3 mile walk to the Observatory was a little anticlimactic after finally seeing the sign. It was also very hot at this time of the day. I found a can of coconut water in my pack and shared it with my hiking buddies.

 

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Although I got lost, I still had a blast. Was I tired? Of course I was! But reaching my goal and making new friends along the way made everything worthwhile. It’s a lot like life: sometimes we make mistakes and get off course. But your attitude really does make a huge difference. I was open to the adventure and I wasn’t going to give upย and go home without reaching my goal. Plus,ย it really does help when you find people along the way who are on a similar journey. You can help, support and encourage one another each step of the way.

I can’t help but look back at these pictures and smile. Last Sunday was a good day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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