Trying something new: Hiking Orange County

I never really posted a Quarter 2 report card because I never really posted it.

It was supposed to be written May 8, but that date came and went and my weight pretty much stayed the same (I’m still 235).

Then I decided to break it all down and take a slower approach to the blog just to make life more manageable, and I’m happy to say it’s been beneficial.

I’ve been toying with the idea of strength training at the gym to help me through this plateau phase, but I haven’t fully made the decision yet. I’d like to think I can do this just walking and eating right, but I think it’s time for something in the equation to change.

When the time is right, I’ll take the next step in my fitness routine. As for cooking, I’m still making my way through The Fat Dude Diet and will deliver 52 weeks of recipes as I originally promised myself, though the one-year span I planned to do it in will be longer.

I’m still plugging away though, mostly cooking healthy meals at home and finding new activities to enjoy. I went fishing with my buddies a few weeks back — check out the 70-lb. thresher shark my buddy Jason caught here — and while I wanted to fish, I ended up throwing up for six hours off the side of the boat.

On the plus side, I probably dropped a couple of pounds that day.

Regardless … activities. I went hiking a couple of days ago and loved the experience. I’ll be looking for new hiking trails to explore. If you have suggestions in or around Orange County, let me know.

In the meantime, keep reading to see the pictures I shot while trekking in Cleveland National Forest.

On the way in.

I can’t believe this is Orange County. … Walking to the entrance of the trail.

Water runs over the walkway.

Reminds me of The King of Limbs.

Almost there …

I love the way these signs look.

The Big A!

Never seen branches like these.

This was the last shot  I took because I had to get back to make Father’s Day dinner. But I’m going to search other hiking trails in my backyard and start heading out on them with Wifey Nadia.

I had so much fun, I didn’t even realize I was exercising.

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3 thoughts on “Trying something new: Hiking Orange County”

  1. Last weekend we started at Santa Margarita Pkwy and hiked thru O’Neill park, over to Rose Cantina. We had a lovely lunch on the patio, in the shade of the sycamores. As summer moves forward, go early or choose an overcast day, because it can get a bit warm out in those canyons.
    Thanks for posting!

  2. Niyaz, maybe you have discovered this since doing this post, but have you tried out the many trails in the Laguna Coast Wilderness park? There are multiple places to start out from (on Laguna Canyon Rd), and multiple trails to do, so you can try different things. It’s best to go in the earlier part of the morning before it gets too hot. Not a lot of people use the James Dilley Preserve, but it has some great short hikes, and an actual lake to see. See here for maps:

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