What a way to begin a hike! I jogged for a moment to reach the spot, and then up - up - we go! This 30% grade is relentless for 200 feet with no forgiveness. This is an ankle sprainer - calf horser - Achilles Shredder! For the strong fit, congrats if you can Walk up the entire challenge with no pause. Not even a thought about running up it - but if you can, please share video; Insanity Incline!
No time to relax. Head it back down now. --The incline lead to the rock formation found at the top of the hill from my last lunch break, two days prior. Then, I walked a figure 8 around in my business suit. Today, prepared with Under Armor and strapped in my Sauconys, it was one picture, snap, and back down. With no destination in mind, I picked the tower on the hill in the distance. If you blow up the picture you will see what appears to be a trail system of sorts?
At the bottom of the hill, meeting McCloud, I crossed the street, headed into the apartments, rounded to the back, climbed a hill behind a garage and it brought me here:
Day 15: Conejo Valley Botanic Garden
Of course, the main entrance is around the block, over a mile+ from my man made entrance today, but if I would have just gone one apartment complex over, there is actually a back gate. I discovered this after my loop around the park today and eventually exited through there - right next to where I saw the squirrel.
|Hmm, Add that hill to my Lunch Break Bucket List|
So I was in route to head back to work, but then remembered all the Pizza that I had so I figured I should take advantage of the end of the fence in the apartment complex and switch back up the hill there. After stomping over brush and cactus, I met up with a footpath, reached the top of the unnamed hill and shot a picture:
In clear site is the hill that I came down after the start of this hike. It doesn't look like much, but pictures, at least the way I am taking them with this cheap phone camera, do not really give you the full perspective, rather, an idea.
So I am back up to the off trail that I finished my last lunch break hike the other day. This trail system probably once worked, but they are doing new construction up here and a fence stops you from a level playing field. Last time I forced my way back down the apartments, which was at one point a butt and hand combo of sliding down the loose rock. Today, instead, although knowing to be late for my work return, I found a way to hop the fence, jog through the construction zone and then back to the streets, back to work. Quite an Adventure! Now I just had to finish the last couple of hours of the work week in sweat. Fortunately I I brought a change of clothes...
-Because if You Don't, then You will Never Know!