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#Triumphant after reaching South Fortuna Summit

San Diego, much like my other favorite cities (Denver, D.C.) is an outdoor mecca. My home base in particular plays host to boundless recreational opportunities from the shore, to the desert and peaks.

Speaking of peaks, thanks to Mission Trails Regional Park’s Five Peak Challenge I’m on track to complete two more of the five needed to round out the challenge. In the process, I’m discovering views of San Diego I haven’t seen yet and reorganizing my list of favorite trails.

So far, I’ve completed Cowles from the Big Rock Trail on one day, and South and North Fortuna summits on another. I’ll wait till I complete the challenge to share with you how I’ve ranked the park’s trails, so for now here’s a photo from the top of the South Fortuna Summit.

This was attempt number two; we ended up on a completely different trail the first go around and ran out of sunlight and energy to hit South Fortuna properly by the time we found the trailhead (it was mere steps away from the Tierrasanta entrance, where we parked our cars!).

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Saturated Saturday is a new photo series highlighting some of my favorite images, with enhanced vibrant colors courtesy of the photo editing apps I like at the moment. These include: VSCO, Instagram, A Color Story. Most photos taken with iPhone 5C.

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Big Rock Trail, San Diego

Part of my preparation for my month-long trip to Europe next month includes making sure I’m in tip top shape. I’m not trekking the Camino de Santiago, as I mentioned in my last post but refusing a car rental (too cumbersome) for public transport and my own two feet inevitably mean hoofing it with everything I’ll need to work remotely, live decently and dress comfortably (and most of all cutely – duh) for the weeks I’ll be abroad.

To aid in some of that stamina building, some friends and I have our goals on Mission Trails Regional Park’s Five Peak Challenge, or #fivepeakchallenge on Insta.  To complete the challenge, summit to the top of the park’s five peaks, take a photo and force yourself to do some good foam rolling afterward. I added that last part only because the hurts so good part is worth it.

Pictured above is a view from the beginning of Big Rock Trail to the top of Cowles Mountain earlier this week, our first of five peaks. Hike two is scheduled for Tuesday; see you on the trail, or wish us luck!

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Saturated Saturday is a new photo series highlighting some of my favorite images, with enhanced vibrant colors courtesy of the photo editing apps I like at the moment. These include: VSCO, Instagram, A Color Story. Most photos taken with iPhone 5C.

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Hiking (well, leaping here) in New Zealand

With a month and change to go before I strap on my new Tortuga backpack to board a ten hour red eye flight to Europe, I’m freaking out. Not because I’m afraid of the current international climate, or because this will be my first long-term solo trip. These days, I’m Googling like mad for answers to my most pressing travel questions like, “How will I maintain my fitness routine abroad?”

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