Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Baby Got Back (Bay): Becoming a Nature Person

I spy myself and the boys.

I am so jealous of those outdoorsy types- so I’ve decided to become one of them. Now, I’m not going to get all Man vs. Wild about it and I can assure you, there is no Tough Mudder in my future. But I want to be a person that is connected with myself and nature. I want to be a person that owns functional outdoor stuff who is not limited to the little league t-shirt section of Sports Chalet. Last month I was really consistent about walking 3-4 miles every day on the trails around Back Bay in Newport Beach about a half-mile from my house. I would even like to brag that I started doing the whole “Couch to 5K” program, but I don’t think doing it twice in the past month really counts. I've been walking the bay and last week I totally did a Yoga class at 24 Hour Fitness- so this is going to happen, ya'll.

Such a great view.

It’s just been great to get outside and go on adventures with the boys. Now, there were certain issues that did arise. I had to pull a HUGE tick off of Nigel’s face and it turns out that Henry is my special Hollywood dog who along with his corn, chicken, grain and flea-bite allergy is ALSO having terrible topical allergic reactions to grass and the brush along the hiking trail. Oy vey! When did dogs develop all of these afflictions? I’ve been researching and finding various ways of keeping them pest-free and non-itchy because they LOVE nature walks.

Only a few miles from the beach.
Orange County residents and visitors alike should definitely check out the Upper Newport Bay/Back Bay area. If you’ve got kiddos or an inquisitive disposition, there’s the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center or the Back Bay Science Center. If you want adventure in general there are a bunch of great trails that are good for people, pups, bikes and horses. It’s so easy to get lost in the flash and forget how beautiful Orange County really is. We all know the beaches and coastline are gorgeous, but it’s really breathtaking to see acres of preserved marsh and wildlife in such a thoroughly developed community like Newport Beach.

Another thing, nature people are so nice. The little old ladies love Henry and Nigel. The cyclists are considerate. People wave, nod, smile, etc... It’s because getting out there and exercising feels great, being in the sunshine feels great and participating in a community feels great. People are up early and happy to be there- it's definitely motivation for being consistent. 

What’s next on the docket? Hayley and I have been talking about Paddle Boarding. I’d also like to do some camping, outdoor yoga or maybe hitting the stairs in Corona Del Mar once a week.

I’m determined to enjoy the sweet Southern California weather and natural habitat- and I plan to do this while resisting the urge to ask a stranger to take a photo of me holding up Nigel, Lion King style, while saying “everything the light touches is our kingdom!”. Stay tuned.

Insert Schnauzer and Lion King theme.

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