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June 18, 2010 > Hiking with my Dad

Hiking with my Dad

By Natalie Luna

The best times I spent as a little girl with my dad was hiking Mission Peak every weekend. Each time I went for a hike with my dad, he took the opportunity to teach me something about the wilderness. I remember showing up at school the following Monday morning telling the class of my adventures.

One particular hike I remember was when I was 8 years-old. The school year was about to start the following week so I told my dad I wanted to have an adventure to tell the class. We soon headed over to Mission Peak to begin our hiking adventure.

We never took a set trail because my dad would say he knew Mission Peak like the back of his hand. This way, I was able to see the different trees and rocks that other hikers couldn't see. It was our adventure together. While hiking, I remember my dad pointing out birds flying over and bugs crawling. He would tell me that wild turkeys, coyotes and lions roamed the land; sometimes he would try to scare me by making noises. However, that did not stop me. I could not wait until school started so that I could share my adventure.

Being an only child, my dad did not have a son to spend time with outdoors; hiking with my dad was our way of bonding. I loved it because I got to spend time with my dad and learn something new every time.

I don't have the time to hike with my dad anymore, but to this day, I cherish and remember all of our fun adventures. My dad is the best dad I could ever ask for and now the best grandfather to my daughter. I hope that when my daughter is old enough to hike, my dad will take her so that they can have their own adventures at Mission Peak just like I did with him.

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