If hiking is a metaphor for life, then there’s quite a lot that I have to look forward to. During spring break, I went on a hike with my parents in Santa Barbara, and this hike was an intense 6 miles that couldn’t have been more tiring and exhausting. But as with many things in life, great labor is often accompanied by an even greater reward.
I’m reminded of one of the inspirational quotes that my 7th grade science teacher hung up in her room, “If you don’t climb the mountain, you can’t see the view!” Just like hiking, life can turn out to be pretty great even after all the labor and trials you have to go through.
This 6 mile hike on Gaviota Peak trail was so dry and just steep incline for the first 3 miles, we were seriously considering just turning back instead of finishing the trail. But, Dad doesn’t think too much like me. He’s stubborn, but driven and goes after his goal without fail. And if his goal is to finish the trail, then we’re all finishing the trail. Throughout the first half of the hike (complete with my endless complaining about how it was too hot and dry and I had no energy left in me), he kept pushing me by saying that this hike was like my journey to dental school. Hard, difficult, a pretty big struggle, but you have to keep going. And as exhausting as it was, getting to the peak of the mountain and hiking down the other side of the peak was probably one of the most beautiful sights of coastal California I have ever seen. So yeah, that’s what I was trying to get at with this whole hiking-is-a-metaphor-for-life-or-dental-school thing. It’s a bit of a stretch, but that’s my motivational spiel of the day.
And now, for some gorgeous pictures of the beautiful Santa Barbara.
Why hello gorgeous. Spot the Channel Islands in the far distance?
And because my love for the ocean is undying, I (of course) had to honor the name of my blog and take a picture…by the sparkling sea.
Walking through the trail with what seems like rolling green mountains surrounding us makes it feel like we’re not even in California anymore.
I mean, just LOOK.
And of course we couldn’t forget to bring my all time favorite hiking buddy, the good ol’ Twinkie. Love ya little one.
Dad contemplating life, climbing trees and somehow managing to have more energy than me and my mom combined.
Gaviota Peak was such a serene and beautiful hike, and every drop of sweat is rewarded with these incredible views of the ocean. Santa Barbara, you are beautimous. That’s the word I made up for when things are beyond beautiful and words sometimes just can’t describe how I feel. Yeah, beautimous you are.
Have a lovely day ♥