Welcome to part two of my California trip recap! If you haven’t already, read part one here.
^The face of a girl who doesn’t know what she’s getting herself into.
Day 3- Tuesday, July 4, 2017
On Tuesday morning, I was up at 5am as per usual. Yuliya and I didn’t really know what we were going to do for the day, so I was researching a bunch of options for us. After some back and forth, we decided on hiking at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Inverness, CA which was about an hour away from where she lives.
The drive there was really scenic and full of winding roads. When we got to Point Reyes, we looked at the map and knew we wanted to hike to the beach. Yuliya figured out a way for us to do that which meant we would need to take three different trails.
As much as I like to plan things, I’m also down for adventure and spontaneity. When we picked our path, we had no idea how far away it was, how challenging it was or how long it would take us to get there. Amateur? Maybe. Fun? Definitely. This is kind of like our trips usually go, we have a general idea of what we want to do, but are open to the possibilities.
As we began our hike, it was obvious this was no easy trek. Right away, we were climbing steep hills and I realized we weren’t in Kansas anymore! We were surrounded by so much greenery, it felt like we were in a tropical rain forest.After climbing for what seemed like ever, we ran across a man coming from the opposite direction, who told us pretty soon there would be a period of flat road. We were both excited to hear this, and also wondering when we were going to reach the crossroads to take our next trail.
At this point, I began to feel like my outfit choice was completely wrong. I was wearing long workout pants and a long sleeved top and it was HOT. I was cursing myself for not wearing a tank top and layering, but Yuliya and I both thought it was going to be in the 60’s and chilly.^ Yuliya checking our directions because lord knows I can’t be trusted with that.
The beach! We could finally see the beach! Now the weather had completely changed. It was foggy and breezy and I was thankful for our warm clothes.
About 4-5 miles in, we began to feel sore. We could see our destination, but it seemed like it was taking forever to get there. There were two other girls ahead of us whom we saw earlier, and whenever we spotted them in the distance, I would say, “they’re STILL walking?” “they STILL haven’t made it to the water?!!” It was reassuring to see other people hiking, but also daunting because we could tell there was still a ways to go.
It took us three hours to get to the beach, so we knew we couldn’t spend too much time relaxing if we wanted to get back before dark. We had a quick snack, stretched, took some pictures and went on our way!
To be honest, I had no idea how we were going to hike back. We were both so sore already and the thought of hiking for three more hours was dreadful. However, it’s not like there was an alternative. It’s not like we could Uber back. We had made it this far and there was no way we were going to give up now.
We decided to listen to some podcasts to help pass the time, and it definitely helped. Walking back actually wasn’t bad at all. It made me remember that things usually aren’t as good or bad as we make them out to be. All in all, we walked fourteen miles and it took us around six hours from start to finish. We felt a huge sense of accomplishment and relief for completing such a difficult hike. It was definitely one for the books! I highly recommend checking out Point Reyes National Seashore if you’re ever in the area!