Lately I have been struggling quite a bit with the idea of moving away from California. Amongst many, many other things, the scenery is just one of those things that leaves be breathless at least once a day. Even being so close to a massive city, I am still greeted each time I leave the house with some sort of mountain range or water, it's awesome! And when I head a little further away from the house, it just gets better. Realizing that sometimes the mind acts irrationally when it's in a slightly darker state, I vocalized that I've been struggling with the idea that I would not be able to explore what this awesome area has to offer. But Lindsey reminded me that I have no reason to NOT go and see the wilderness, I have tons of time on my hands and nothing holding me back! Well, hearing it from her hit home and I decided I would take advantage of every waking minute I have left here. And yes sir, After today, my mind has been completely refreshed!
I got Lindsey to the airport bright and early, then headed out. My plan was to head up north, but after stopping at Whole Foods for a few snacks, I found a promising park that was down in the southern most point of East Bay. So, I drove down. I parked on the south side of the grandiose Sunol Park around 9am and began my exploration. Things began tough, just straight up for a good 3 miles or so. The trails were wide and not too technical at all, but the recent rains had left a handful of pretty decent creek crossings and muddy areas; nothing my VFF Treks couldn't handle (for those of you who don't know, those are the Vibram Five Finger shoes, or "toe shoes" made for trails)! I trudged along building up a damn good sweat and stopping every now and again to soak in the spectacular views. Onward and upward went until I reached the Rock Cave trail. This led me to the highlight of the day!
Again, I'll let the video do most of the describing here, but I must add, as harmless as cows are understood to be, when your strolling through a pack of like 30 or more of them, out in the middle of nowhere, you realize how damn big these guys are. And for the most part I never felt threatened until that last dude by the gate. I mean come on! Did you see him lunge at me right after I pass him? Yeah man, in retrospect I think I may have gotten through a situation easier then it really could have been.
In the end, after 5 hours of just moving through nature, my mind was completely and totally at ease. I remembered just what it is that I love about life: it's completely and totally filled with beauty and opportunity. When the stresses that sneak up on you begin to take over, things can seem to gt out of control. And I have no clue if it would work for everyone, but for me, the second I leave it all behind and escape into the wilderness I return to the state of mind I aspire to have for the rest of my life. I love mountains, rocks, grass, trees, animals, endless sky and sun. It does something to me that has only been replicated when I see Lindsey. And in my mind, if there are two things in this world that make me feel genuinely free, good and happy, it would make sense to surround myself with those things as often as possible. So you can expect that in the final two weeks of me being in California, I'll be spending a whole hell of a lot of time out and about exploring, and as little time as possible refreshing the CrossFit Games website and obsessing over things that ultimately just don't matter all that much!