In this previous post I discussed all the different things we did in our first year with the Cub Scouts. One of the things was going on a nature walk. I made a connection with one of the dads and we swapped numbers. During the summer break I got a text inviting me, newmom and the little guy to a hike with his family. I ran it by newmom and we accepted. We were going hiking!
The next morning we met up with our friends and we were off to ‘The Bridge to Nowhere’. Strangely enough, a friend of mine at work who is into hiking biking and cycling told me about this particular trail. Back in the day there was a project to connect the san Gabriel valley to the dessert through a road they were building. As a part of this new corridor, they built this beautiful bridge across a gorge. The bridge was completed but the overall project got cancelled for reasons I can’t recall ( I am sure I could go look it up, but it is not as important for this post). So there is this bridge literally in the middle of nowhere, with no roads leading up to it or away from it. you can bungie jump off the bridge (now an item on my bucket list) after an approximate 5.5-6 mile hike (round trip is in between 11-11.5 miles according to the sites I looked at.
So it was funny that our friend picked this particular hike not long after I heard about it. You might say it was very coincidental, but I recently heard a great sermon where it was said ‘ it is not coincidence, but Gods providence’. While we were texting back and forth on Friday night, my friend explained we wouldn’t be making the trek all the way to the bridge, the kids probably won’t make it that far, but out for a hour or so, play in the water for a while, then trek back.
Water? I think I forgot to mention the trail runs along a beautiful stream and you have to cross it at various points, so you will get wet. This is the summer, it gets hot ESPECIALLY in the valley. This was one of the reasons this particular trail was picked, so we could go across a stream to be refreshed while we get out in nature.
The stream is running, so soothing…
We made sure we had all our gear, I had to run out and get hiking boots (and that was the night of the 2nd earthquake (see this post for more) and aqua socks for the water part. We went to bed ready for our first real hike. As I have said before, I will try anything once with the little guy, to see how he likes it, and to see how much I liked it as well.
Fortunately, our friends have an SUV spacious enough to take us all up there, it was a really comfortable ride and took a while to get up there, but it was early enough where traffic was not an issue at all. When we arrived, one of the things we read about online was absolutely 100% true. Parking SUCKS. Our friend dropped us off and then went back down the hill to find parking. When he got back, we were off.
Around the bend, nope, around the bend, down the hill and around a SECOND bend.
We all really had a GREAT time. It turns out I really like hiking!! The path was not too difficult, but did offer challenges. Crossing the streams was FUN. The water was cold, but not too the point where it was too uncomfortable to pass.
Crossing on the way back!
We got to a point where we knew it was going to be our turnaround and stopped for a while there. We played around in the water, saw a cute little grey toad, and boys were just in heaven!! Our friend and I took our cub scout sons a little further just to see what was up ahead. It was really great.
There is a Toad in the picture, I promise!
The trek back was a bit easier, as we knew what to expect. even crossing the stream wasn’t too bad (the second time). When we got back we were lucky enough to run into someone headed down the hill that gave our friend a ride to his car (turns out he was more than a mile down the hill!). We pack up, stopped for lunch then drove home (quite a difference in traffic!!).
So as I said I really enjoyed the morning. There was ZERO cell coverage, so no one was on their phones (except to snap pictures) or asking if they can use our phone. It was great being outdoors. There was always the sound of rushing water from the stream, so it was very soothing. It was physically challenging, there were a couple points where the path had some elevation changes that required some exertion.
I would totally do not only this hike again (and this time I would like to see the Bridge!) and many, many more. A very big THANK YOU to our friends who thought of us and got us out of the house, off our screens and into nature. We look forward to additional adventures with them in the future.