Let me set the stage: It is the dog days of summer in SOCAL. Just what are the dog days? Well here in San Diego, the dog days tend to range from early August through mid week of the second week of September.
Aside from desert environs, where do the dog days of summer swelter most? Well, typical inland valleys get hammered most by the dog days of summer. I live just a bit east of the typical inland valleys but from time to time my world can exceed the inland valley temps during the times referenced above.
I’ve been offering San Diego hiking venues for the past couple of months and I believe this month should be no different. Before I offer you a nice respite from the dog days at this the tail end of August 2013, let me define what it means to go for a hike, as opposed to “take a hike.”
Most would think hiking must include a change in elevation to qualify as a hike but this is not so. Merriam Webster would tell us a hike is to walk a long way, usually for pleasure or exercise, especially in the country.
During the dog days of summer, nothing would give me more pleasure than a long walk at Mission Beach. Let me set the stage... First one of my go to spots for internet planning my hike is http://alltrails.com/trail/us/california/pacific-beach but they failed to mention my hike of the month (not P.B. but M.B.). So, here is the trail... Take W. Mission Bay Dr to the Belmont Park Roller Coaster. Park anywhere you can without getting a ticket.
I like to traverse the beach-side board walk from the coaster to the jetty which is a little over 1 mile. Next hike east to Mission Point Park and I like to ego hike so I travel along the sidewalk all the way around the entire park before heading north on Bayside Walk. I am pleased as I arrive at Bonita Cove Park, which is across the street from the roller coaster. By now I’ve covered well over 2 miles. The amount of sweat I’ve lost depends on how fast I push myself to cover the 2.3 miles my pedometer says I’ve covered and according to my Timex, I did it in 30 minutes, a very casual pace on this flat cool path.
The point here is to beat the dog days of summer and on this day I went from 97 degrees at my day’s beginning to 73 degrees, and that’s well worth the fortune spent at Arco getting me to this paradise.