Just happened across this one this morning. A city woman goes hiking, ranking difficulty according to which footwear is required:

Rating system:

  • Heels: So easy you can hike it in heels
  • Flip-flops: Too long or hard to hike in heels, but flat flip-flops would work
  • Pumas: A nice stroll not much harder than walking in the city
  • Trailblazers: If you want to be nice to your feet on this hike, they’ll need some more serious protection and support.
  • Hiking boots: Pull out the ugly shoes and summon your closet granola. This hike is going to kick your ass.

Like so many gals dragged onto the trails by their current swains, she first went to Castle Rock State Park. From her write-up:

I learned a couple things on that excursion. One, a pastrami sandwich from Robert’s Market in Woodside with a bottle of red wine transforms a hike into a gourmet experience. Two, my boyfriend and his friends talk about how to get women outdoors. Three, women talk about how to get men to talk to them. And four, men can get women outdoors if they talk to them and women will go outdoors since the only thing to do is talk. Perhaps that is how to solve life’s greatest mystery – how to make both men and women happy.

OK, so I am officially required to state that imbibing wine in the middle of a hike is deeply ill-advised (they’ll force me to join the Sierra Club if I don’t make these disclaimers), but hey, I’m for all blogs that explore life’s greatest mysteries

Despite the sex-and-the-city-on-dirt vibe, the hike write-ups are descriptive and informative, always nice attributes in a hiking blog. Latest trek: Berry Creek Falls at Big Basin. Nice pictures.