SYNCH WITH NATURE
In some places people
call it trekking. In the United States it is known as hiking. The
name doesn't matter. What matters is that it is a great way to burn
calories and enjoy nature at the same time.
Who would have guessed?
In big cities, such as Los Angeles, you can still find places like
this, with lots of trails that can turn a small walk into a big
Our guide is Joy.
She's an environmentalist, a daughter of hippies who was raised
in Hawaii, where she learned to love and respect nature. At each
spot on the trail she teaches us something.
This yellow flower
for instance, was used by the first Spanish explorers to mark their
trails. Today it grows wild. And … it tastes like mustard.
This small fruit,
called Lemon Berry, has a high concentration of vitamin C and was
used by native Americans as a medicine.
It tastes very sour.
Joy likes to put one of them in a water bottle to take advantage
of the vitamins.
By the way, don't
forget to take water on the trail.
This small fruit
is the black walnut. The native Americans used to make black ink
from this nut.
And this is a musical
tree. The branches were used by the indians to make musical instruments.
According to Joy,
it is important to be aware of snakes and a few poison plants in
Southern California. She warns that is important to know the flora
and fauna of your environment before venturing to eat wild plants
When you find danger,
like this snake that we encountered on our way, don't try to play
hero. Go around it and have a safe walk.
Another hint: take
a walk in the morning or late afternoon, to avoid times when the
heat is too strong. If you go alone, tell someone. Another fun option
is taking a dog with you, like Joy does.
To guard against overtiring,
calculate the return time as twice the going time... especially
if the path includes ups and downs. These are hints to help you
avoid unpleasant surprises on your adventure. The most important
thing in activities such as this, is the pleasure of discovery.
And when you are hiking
hard trails, to reduce the risk of accidents, it is important to
have your feet well protected, to choose the right shoes. We talked
to orthopedist Howard Liebenskind, who counts the American soccer
Team among his patients. His suggestions...