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Adventure in the Suburbs – Oak Park, California

I’m a firm believer that adventure lies all around us, if we only look. I’m privileged to make my home near the Santa Monica Mountains in southern  California, and the towns that surround it have wonderful parks and hiking trails hidden here, there, and everywhere. Last night the dogs and I went exploring at a nearby dog park that I hadn’t yet visited – Oak Canyon Dog Park.

It is nestled in a valley near the creek. Views of the mountains lie in all directions, as do the sights of happy, rambunctious dogs.

dog park

All three of mine come racing when I call like cowboys on horseback in a classic Western.

dogga wogs

It is such fun when you are leashed all your life to run free. Doesn’t Rudy’s expression say so?

rudy roo 2

rudy roo

To the side of the park, in the cold winter shade, lies a trail. Why not? I thought. Sure, it looks a bit steep, but I can manage it. What followed was twenty steps and a rest. Twenty-five and a rest. Twenty more and a longer rest. You get the picture. At one point I thought of turning back because it was too hard. Then my rebelliousness kicked in. “I’ve already come this far. What’s a little more?” Then up, up, up, and desperate hoping that a trail lay at the very top so that I wouldn’t have to risk tumbling down the hill on descent.

Gloriously, I made it! And promptly collapsed on a little flat space, catching my breath as the dogs and I surveyed the valley below.

hilltop

Then down, down, down to an oak grove both beautiful and serene.

oak

As the sweat dried on my back, I enjoyed the exhilaration of summiting another hill with the best companions of all.

What adventure will you find this week?

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6 thoughts on “Adventure in the Suburbs – Oak Park, California”

  1. We Californians are incredibly lucky to have so many opportunities for adventure. I’m still recovering from Big Sur and Carmel, so this weekend I will attempt to have a video game adventure on my couch 🙂

  2. The trails just keep calling to you, Xina! BTW, I so enjoyed catching glimpses from your Camino adventures; it is definitely something I am flirting with, in some form or another, once my plantar fasciitis has completely healed.

    1. They certainly do! I’m afraid I did a bit too much hiking this week and now my back is paying the price … ah, age – you are merciless! I still have some Camino pictures to post. I will get back to it soonish. Hope the plantar fasciitis clears up soon. It sounds miserable!

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