New city, new hikes!



I have now officially been a resident of the Los Angeles County for five months. During my time here, I have climbed my way up three different mountains, and enjoyed three different views of the city.





First hike was of course, up to the famous L.A. landmark, “the hollywood sign”. It was back in October that I made my way up to the sign. Weather was perfect, and there was very few people walking the trail. Parked my car on the street, no charge. It was a hassle-free experience and one I enjoyed. Only con to this experience was that the hike was not too challenging, I felt as if it was more of a long and steep walk. The view of Los Angeles was ok, but hey! You get to see the sign up close.




Second hike occurred two weeks ago. This time, I made my way to Glendale “Brand Park”. It was a Wednesday morning, weather was cool. The park was lonely, something I  enjoyed (the less people, the better). This hike was definitely more challenging than the Hollywood sign. Growing up around the Santa Cruz mountains, Brand Park was more of what I was used to. I broke a sweat, but it was all worth it…the view was lovely!






Today I went on my third hike, to Runyon Canyon in West Hollywood. Pros to this experience, the hike was challenging enough. There are three different routes one can take at this park, route A, B or C. We chose to follow route B. We walked on our way up and ran on our way down. Cons to this experience, parking! We were lucky enough to find street parking close to the park entrance but parking was definitely a hassle. There were also way too many people. I enjoy a quiet and relaxing hike, nothing overcrowded… Runyon Canyon definitely lives up to its standard of being one of the most popular trails in LA. The view from Runyon Canyon has definitely been the best, so far.




My love for hiking is only growing! Los Angeles offers dozens of hikes and I am now on a mission to check out only the best and the most challenging!  I came across this blog that gives background information on some…







Step número ocho

Step numero ocho is far overdue….my apologies! Before I go into this last step, I’ll give a brief summary as to what I’ve been up to these past two months.

Before initiating my studies as a Graduate student, I decided I’d have the time of my life until the date arrived! I traveled to Mexico, ate all I wanted, worked out very little, enjoyed amazing hikes, went on a few bike rides, met a lot of people, danced a whole lot….I did everything I needed to do before getting back into routine mode!


Why? Because although I consider myself a healthy person, with good eating habits and a healthy workout routine, I am not leading that lifestyle I was two months prior….and that is killing me! Getting back INTO shape is tough work. Make your life easy, keep the work going and don’t let yourself fall out of shape! Taking one week off is understandable, two weeks is pushing it, and three weeks, I wouldn’t go there.

So after taking such a long break, I am back and giving it my all….but saying bye bye to the unhealthy snacks and saying hello to the gym hasn’t been easy. So I started off once again with BABY STEPS. I am slowly getting back into my good eating habits, setting a goal, working out with a group of people, motivating and pushing myself every single day. It’s been one month since ive been “back on the grind” and I still am not back to where I was. They say it’s 60% kitchen, 40% gym….I disagree. In order to not only look good but feel good, one must commit to both the gym and the kitchen equally. So now that I’ve experienced the fall out, I am putting in the work! How?

-gym 5 times a week
-cycling class twice a week
-I ditched my car, I am either biking to my destination or walking!
-no eating out!!!
-fresh foods, lots of tuna, salad, salmon & beans
-water water water
-sleep sleep sleep
-no elevator, just the stairs!
-goodbye beer!

After a fall out, I think it’s fair to put in EXTRA WORK…. Do yourself a favor, DO NOT FALL OUT OF YOUR HEALTH AND WORKOUT ROUTINE!

Concluding my entry with my fave Motivational Monday quotes/images. Enjoy!






Weekend Hike

In Northern California and in the Santa Cruz County, I am surrounded by some of California’s utmost beauties. Perfect weather, with a beach breeze, I try to take full advantage of this Central Coast’s nature by going on bike rides, beach runs, and hikes!

On sunday, I along with some family members decided to try a new hike…we came across, Forest of Nisene Marks State Parks, one of the largest state parks in Central California, and also, a few miles away from home. 2,3,4  mile hike? Ok! We decided to give it a shot.

We arrived at the park around 11am, paid a parking fee of $8, gathered our hiking gear and off we went. Boy, were we in for a hike! Surrounded by trees, dirt, green, hikers, we were all in for an adventure…first hike we came across, West Ridge Trail, a six-mile hike. We all agreed we’d give it a shot, if we got too tired we’d easily,go back!

As we began our hike at approximately 11:30am, time quickly passed… sure enough, it was 1pm so we decided to take a break and have a snack.

We continued with our hike for another hour before we decided it was time to finish the hike….when we wanted to complete it, we realized that we’d completed the six-mile hike but no exit was nearby. We came across a fellow hiker, he said, “keep going, you’re almost there…3 miles more”. We all agreed and continued. I am not sure if we were given inaccurate estimations or if we simply, missed the exit, got lost? But we finally came to the end of the hike at around 4:30pm. Coming across a sign listing the different trails, we estimated our hike to be more than 8 miles long.

I’m sure the others would agree when I say, it was one of the longest and most exhausting hikes I’d ever completed.

In the end, it was also one of the most rewarding. I loved the scenery! We came across it all, banana slugs, poison oak, a swarm of bees :p I recommend the park to anyone interested in taking a hike, whether it be a mile long or eight miles, it’s a great place to get a workout in! My next goal is to try mountain biking!

Anyone interested in visiting the park, visit

They describe the parks as the following:

With over 30 miles of trails, hiking, jogging and biking are some of the activities to be enjoyed here. Picnic tables and barbecue pits are available. A trail camp is located six miles from the nearest parking lot.