Last night, I went on an 11 kilometer hike with a bunch of strangers, and had an absolute blast (swipe right to see all 10 photos). .
I joined a local hiking group on Facebook, and saw that they had a night-hike event coming up. Normally, I mark "interested" on a ton of FB events, but never actually go to any of them. But I made a commitment to myself that I would actually go on this hike. As I get to know myself better, I try to make the best use of my time. Yes, it's midterms this week, and I have a ton of presentations and exams to prepare for. But I also procrastinate. Rather than spending my Saturday night sitting at home watching YouTube videos, while the midterms stress builds, I figured I'd go out and hike. Either way, I knew I wouldn't be studying, so why not make "better" use of my procrastination? .
Over 80 people showed up to this hike (including Sascha from Germany), and we had no trouble getting a ride to and from the trailhead, with other hikers. They were all super nice. .
We started near sunset, and the trail quickly became dark. I brought a flashlight, but wish I had brought my headlamp from California. We hiked on a mostly flat trail, with some steep slopes, until we arrived at a small waterfall. Then we completed our loop, and returned to the parking lot. Some people spoke English, but I tried to speak only Spanish - it's something I'm really trying to work on, to practice more. We were invited to other hikes, and also to go rock climbing at Peña de Bernal on Sunday (Sascha went, but I had to decline since Sunday is my midterm-prep day). .
The hike was about 11 kilometers, I climbed the equivalent of 135 flights of stairs, and burned over 4,200 calories. I'm so glad I found this hiking group, and can't wait to hang out with them again!
El aserrín, Queretaro