Instagram + Pamphlet = "Gramphlet"
A brilliant idea given to me from a good friend.
(I only created its name. That is it. I give him credit.)
I will paraphrase on what he told me, “Honestly, I do not read your long captions under your post. Do this instead. For each hike, take as many pictures and videos. Choose the best. Then, share up to 10 of them on one Instagram post. Also, add a video of yourself talking about your experience on the hike. (Almost like a conclusion paragraph.) Lastly, add a sketched map of your trail."
I told him, "Whoa. Very creative. I will tag you on my posts. What else do you want me to thank you?"
He said, "It's cool, bro."
I told him, "Thank you, bro."
Follow me in my journey as you see more gramphlets to come.
(Keep swiping left on my gramphlets.)
Feel free to scroll down, and click on my Instagram posts.
Try finding my first gramphlet.
My 2nd gramphlet will be posted on Tuesday, November 28. I will be hiking Westwood Hills Park, City of Napa Parks and Recreation, Napa County.
On my previous blog entry, it was a huge list of trails. (Whoops!) I just realized there can be many trails in one location, such as a preserve, park, or trailhead. (Call myself a newbie, then.)
Thus, I will narrow it down with a total list of Bay Area's preserves, parks, and trailheads. Keep it simple.
It makes more sense as well.
Why, so? When I use Google Maps on my phone, I type in the location, not the trails.
My (Updated) To Hike Check List:
(Easier to read now. Yuh, courtesy from BAhiker. I check it, once I hike it.)
Almaden Quicksilver County Park, SCCP, Santa Clara County
Alston Park, City of Napa, Napa County
Alto Bowl Open Space Preserve, MCOSD, Marin County
Angel Island State Park, CSP, Marin County
Annadel State Park, CSP, Sonoma County
Año Nuevo State Reserve, CSP, San Mateo County
Cascade Ranch Unit
Elephant Seal Preserve
☑️Anthony Chabot Regional Park, EBRPD, Alameda County
Arastradero Preserve, City of Palo Alto, Santa Clara County
Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve, CSP, Sonoma County
Austin Creek State Recreation Area, CSP, Sonoma County
Bair Island, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, San Mateo County
Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve, MCOSD, Marin County
Barbier Park, City of San Rafael, Marin County
Bayfront Park, City of Menlo Park, San Mateo County
☑️Baylands Preserve, City of Palo Alto, Santa Clara County
Possibly, 680 total.
How did you count it? Courtesy from BAHiker. I highlighted and copied its website page, "Bay Area Trail Index." Then, I pasted it on Microsoft Word.
Why, so? So, I can use its tool, "Word Count." It gave me a total of 680 lines.
I would say, "Too much." Importantly, I have no deadline to finish hiking all these trails. I say, "No rush." (I just rhymed.)
Excuse me with the missed, unchecked boxes. What do you mean? It took me forever to type one unchecked box at a time. Thus, I stopped.
Therefore, I will only check a trail, once I hiked it. In that case, this blog post will be always updated.
To Hike Check List:
⬜️Abbotts Lagoon Trail, Abbotts Lagoon Trailhead, Point Reyes National Seashore, NPS, Marin County
⬜️Acorn Trail, Arastradero Preserve, City of Palo Alto, Santa Clara County
Adobe Creek Trail,
☑️Baylands Preserve, Palo Alto Open Space, Santa Clara County
⬜️Hidden Villa, Santa Clara County
⬜️Alambique Trail, Wunderlich County Park, CSMP, San Mateo County
⬜️Alameda Creek Trail,
⬜️Coyote Hills Regional Park, EBRPD, Alameda County
⬜️Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area, EBRPD, Alameda County
⬜️Alamo Trail, Livorna Staging Area, Diablo Foothills Regional Park, EBRPD, Contra Costa County
⬜️Alec Cayon Trail, Uvas Canyon County Park, SCCP, Santa Clara County
⬜️Alexander Trail, Indian Valley Open Space Preserve, MCSOD, Marin County
⬜️Alpine Pond Trail, Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, MROSD, San Mateo County
⬜️Alpine Road, Coal Creek Open Space Preserve, CSMP, San Mateo County
⬜️Alpine Trail, Coal Mine Ridge, Portola Ranch Homeowner's Association, San Mateo County
⬜️Alta Vista Trail, Foothill Regional Park, Sonoma County Parks, Sonoma County
⬜️Alto Bowl Fire Road, Alto Bowl Open Space Preserve, MCOSD, Marin County
⬜️Ancient Oaks Trail, Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve, MROSD, San Mateo County
⬜️Anniversary Trail, Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, MROSD, San Mateo County
⬜️Año Nuevo Point Trail, Año Nuevo State Reserve, CSP, San Mateo County
⬜️Año Nuevo Trail, Butano State Park, CSP, San Mateo County
⬜️Aquinas Trail, El Sereno Open Space Preserve, MROSD, Santa Clara County
⬜️Arch Trail, Rockville Hills Regional Park, City of Fairfield, Solano County
⬜️Arrowhead Marsh Trail, Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline, EBRPD, Alameda County
⬜️Arroyo Trail, Helen Putnam Regional Park, Sonoma County Parks, Sonoma County
⬜️Austin Creek Trail, Austin Creek State Recreation Area, CSP, Sonoma County
⬜️Azalea Meadow Trail, Rock Spring Trailhead, Mount Tamalpais/Marin Municipal Water District, MMWD, Marin County
⬜️Bald Hill Trail, Deer Park Trailhead, Mount Tamalpais/MMWD, Marin County
⬜️Bald Knob Trail, Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, MROSD, San Mateo County
⬜️Bald Mountain Trail, Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve, MRSOD, Santa Clara County
⬜️Bald Mountain Trail, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, CSP, Sonoma County
⬜️Barnabe Trail, Samuel P. Taylor State Park, CSP, Marin County
Bay Area Ridge Trail,
⬜️Bald Mountain Trail, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, CSP, Sonoma County
⬜️Bay Area Ridge Trail, Fort Funston, GGNRA/NPS, San Francisco County
☑️Bay Area Ridge Trail, Rockville Hills Regional Park, City of Fairfield, Solano County
⬜️Big Trees Trail, Indian Tree Open Space Preserve, MCOSD, Marin County
⬜️Buckeye Trail, Skyline Wilderness Park, Napa County
⬜️California Riding and Hiking Trail, Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline, EBRPD, Contra Costa County
⬜️Cobblestone Fire Road, Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve, MCOSD, Marin County
⬜️Coyote Peak Trail, Santa Teresa County Park, SCCP, Santa Clara County
⬜️Craig Britton Trail, Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, MROSD, San Mateo County
⬜️Deer Camp Fire Road, Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve, MCOSD, Marin County
⬜️Deer Park Fire Road, Muir Woods Road Trailhead, Mount Tamalpais State Park/Muir Woods National Monument,
CSP/NPS, Marin County
⬜️Doe Hill Fire Road, Little Mountain Open Space Preserve, MCOSD, Marin County
⬜️Eagle Trail, Mission Peak Regional Preserve, EBRPD, Alameda County
⬜️Grass Valley Trail, Bort Meadow Staging Area, Anthony Chabot Regional Park, EBRPD, Alameda County
⬜️Hidden Springs Trail, Santa Teresa County Park, SCCP, Santa Clara County
☑️Hiddenbrooke Trail, Greater Vallejo Recreation District, Solano County
So far, I have met 2 travelers, Janine and Nina. I went hiking with each of them.
(My goal is to hike with travelers, or anybody else. Anybody is welcome to go hiking with me.)
Yes, I am documenting my hike life.
Take a picture of hiking buddy saying, "Do a pose or something. Be you." Post it on my IG account. Then, write a paragraph description about hiking buddy. (Photo and description shown below.)
How did you meet Janine and Nina? One of my good friends met them on Couch Surfing. (I almost typed, "Crowd Surfing.") Then, he introduced them to me.
What is Couch Surfing? It is a phone app or website, where you can meet travelers around the world. Also, you can stay at any free lodging spot from a local host.
For instance, it goes with the Golden Rule saying, "Do unto others as they would do unto you." (Biblical rule in Matthew 7:12.)
What do you mean? Once I start traveling, I can visit Janine from Germany, and Nina from Switzerland. They can show me around their hometown. Also, they can introduce me to their friends. (The connection expands.)
Let's talk about Janine and Nina!
They are different in their own way.
Also, meeting travelers, such as Janine and Nina, have made me be myself (or authentic.)
How, so? No need to impress anybody. First and foremost, continue on to listen, and connect.
Also, it has made me realize that I must always be myself to everybody. If you do not like me, it is fine. (I am not trying to be Mr. Popular.)
What else have you learned from Janine and Nina?
Do not be harsh on myself. (One of my good friends told me this as well.)
When I am around with Janine and Nina, they are very calm, patient, and relaxed. Also, they have reminded me to always live in the moment. (Be stress-free.)
Again, anybody is welcome to go hiking with me.
Feel free to contact me.
Every time I hike, I always take pictures using my phone and DSLR camera.
So far, here is a collage of the pictures I have posted on my Instagram (in no particular order whatsoever).
I only have started this IG account since July 30.
Why take pictures? Obviously, I want to capture the moment. (Honestly, it is better to capture the moment by lively looking at it through your eyes than through camera.)
Also, I am documenting my hike life. (You already know.)
Side note: FYI, photographs will not last forever. Why, so? Imagine if it was the end of the world. No electricity, no digital pictures.
How can you remember, then? Your mind remembers the great memories. (Yes, I wrote a blog post, "The Human Brain."
Right now, live in the moment.
As of now, I started consistently hiking once a week, since June 27. I will continue to do so.
(FYI, I graduated from Environmental Studies with a concentration of Energy Management and Design. So, what? I have never been much of an outdoorsy person, until now. I have never camped just yet.)
How did hiking in June 27 start for you? My good friend asked me to go hiking with him at Skyline Wilderness Park in Napa, California.
Have you heard of Skyline Wilderness Park before? Nope. Surprisingly, I have lived in the Bay Area for the last 21 years. (I am horrible.) My good friend found Skyline Wilderness Park on BAHiker.com, which provides you almost every hiking trail in the Bay Area. (Thank you, Jane Huber.)
Why continue hiking anyway? (Here is a list shown below.)
I turn my shoulder, then I look back. I tell myself, "Whoa, I walked that. The past is remembered." Few minutes later, I start finishing my trail. I look ahead on how I must walk this challenging trail. (The future is in me.) Why, so? It seems like it was once a creek. I see many rocks slightly buried into soil. I must walk this carefully, or else I might sprain my ankle. (No way, you can text and hike.)
And the list will continue on, as I consistently hike.
Smile, and enjoy nature. Appreciate life. Keep exploring while you still can. Live in the present.
I will keep posting my hiking journey here, and on my Instagram @Mikes_HikeLife.