Over the last two years, I have hiked about 2,000 miles. In order to do all of this hiking, I generally have to drive anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours at a time. Corresponding with the notion that the low-hanging fruit gets picked first, I’ve hiked up just about every convenient, sensible, and exciting option within a 50 mile radius. The time to call an extended break is just about here.

I don’t feel any less strongly as hiking as a hobby, in spite of my desire to take a break. I love it as much as ever, but as this hobby has been as much a way of managing my sanity through an educational process that is now all but finished, hiking has become something of a rut that needs to be put away for a little while. The months during summer are uncomfortable for hiking anywhere but the higher elevations, and with a wedding, a honeymoon, potential job changes, and a desire to dedicate more time to my soon-to-be wife, music, and yoga, I figured that June to mid-October would be a nice time to take a break.

Of course, I will be taking my bachelor party in the Sierras, and I will certainly hike every day there. Additionally, I will hike in Kauai and Maui, when Kelly and I take our honeymoon. I would be an idiot not to hike in either place. However, I will cease driving out two or three times a week, taking hikes, snapping photos, and writing blogs until the weather begins cooling down again and the itch to get back out becomes too much.

Anyhow, it’s been fun. I’ll be back at it again soon, only with more balanced and a refreshed perspective. Aside from the few adventures I’ll chronicle here from the bachelor party and the honeymoon, this is it for a while.

Palomar banana slug

Finally, the pictures in this blog come from a recent camping trip at Palomar Mountain State Park with my friends Taylor and Sean.

Trail from Chimney Flat

Western Azalea


Doane Valley Nature Trail

Doane Valley Nature Trail

This writer’s silhouette before a giant ponderosa pine

Lower Doane Valley

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