Yesterday, I joined a Flickr Meetup that began at the Chantry Flats Trailhead, in the mountains above Pasadena/Sierra Madre. We followed the Gabrieleno Trail, for just over 2 miles, until we reached Sturtevant Falls. It was a fairly brisk, cloudy morning. Perfect for photography. The trail follows the Santa Anita Wash, which provided serene sounds of a creek as we trekked through. Gorgeous hike.
Some things I learned from yesterdays hike:
- Never underestimate the awesomeness that is meeting new people and listening to their stories.
- Man alive, I’m out of shape.
- I love watching other photographers’ creative process.
- According to my Fitbit, I climbed 86 floors (equivalent to the Transamerica Pyramid). If that’s true, that’s pretty cool. But, man alive, I’m out of shape.
- I need to get out a lot more; there’s too much beauty around here (greater Los Angeles) that I take for granted.
- Kids, don’t smoke. Because, even after you quit, you’ll pay for it every time you attempt to do any kind of exercise. Especially in higher altitudes.
- When attempting to cross a creek, don’t fall in.
- If you fall in, make sure your shoes are waterproof.
- If your shoes are not waterproof, HAHAHAHAHAHA!
- Rocks, in a creek, can be slippery.
- A walking stick would have been helpful.