While no one seems to have the means for lavish vacations and holidays anymore, it seems that we, as a whole, have gotten to rediscover the simple pleasures in life. Weve gotten back to the basics. Cooking at home has replaced expensive restaurants, shopping sprees have been nearly eliminated and weve rediscovered something else as well...the outdoors can be enjoyed. Without a powerboat. Hiking can increase your cardio endurance, burn fat, build muscleall without a pricey trainer. And think of all that fresh air! Laguna Beach, of all places, is rife with free hiking trails that take you along the beach or up into the canyons and hills. Anywhere from a mile to several, finding a hike that matches your fitness level is easy. El Moro Canyon is a favorite, and its safe for beginners with multiple trail options. The Short Loop is about two miles and winds through the canyon, allowing hikers to enjoy ocean breezes, ocean views, wild flowers and all that Mother Nature has to offer.
Mon., June 8, 6 a.m., 2009