I suggested climbing it at another time, but my husband was ready for the challenge. As we entered the volcanic crater I spied a water fountain. My husband, in a hurry to get to the top, assured me there would be water up there, and to not bother with getting anything to drink! That was a mistake because he was wrong! The climb wasn’t horribly rigorous, yet it was mid-day and warm and still took at least medium effort. It began easily enough on dirt paths, but the landscape changed into rocks, followed by a pitch black tunnel (we didn't have a flashlight either!), then a steep stairwell. The amount of steps at one point (all 99 of them) might have been the most difficult, and then at the top, we had to work our way through an old WWII bunker. So I was exhausted, hungry and thirsty, but largely because we were unprepared for the hike! Once we reached the summit, however, I was overwhelmed. The beauty was breathtaking and worth every bit of discomfort and effort I exerted! (The picture posted was our view on top of Diamond Head.)
Hiking can be an amazing experience and many people find this particular sport very rewarding! There are a variety of reasons to hike and the reasons may differ from person to person. But you can be sure hiking is good for you! It reduces stress and anxiety, is an inexpensive way to exercise, lose weight, slow the aging process and some studies even say it can help reduce heart disease and lower hypertension! And as your hiking activity increases you’ll see your stamina increasing!
Additionally, it can be a great family activity, luring ourselves and our children away from the television, computer screen and the “habit” of just staying indoors! And there is no age limit to the hiker! You can enjoy a hike from early childhood up until you are in your eighties and beyond!
Hiking provides a great time to think or explore! There’s a great big, beautiful world outside to discover! With camera in hand (or attached to a lanyard around your neck or in your pocket) you can observe (and preserve) the beauty of flowers, animals, birds and yes, even insects!
The possible hiking trails around any area is absolutely limitless! Could you take a walk around your neighborhood? Sure, but if you go to a park, especially out of town, find a trail and begin to drown yourself in the world of natural beauty, you will find you body, mind and soul will all begin to dissolve into a peace nearly unmatched in any other surroundings! So I challenge you to take an adventure down a trail and feel yourself unwind! It’s Fall providing a bit of cool, crisp weather and the beauty of nature abounds!