We featured Kelly Tode, a Mountain Chicks Ambassador and outdoor adventure and fitness enthusiast, a few months ago, and have been following her journey since. Recently, this adventure girl moved to Southern California to begin a new chapter in her life, where she works for the Department of Parks and Recreation in San Diego County. She aspires to use her adventures to inspire others to get outside and explore. Read on for her interview.
What brought about the exciting move to San Diego, California?
We are a military family that got restationed in San Diego! Currently living in the mountains in Descanso, CA.
Where are some of your favorite local spots for hiking and adventure so far?
So far, I have fallen in love with Anza-Borrego Desert State Park & Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Anza brings about incredible desert hiking along with slot canyons, while Cuyamaca brings awesome mountain hiking right in my own backyard (literally).
We see you have put together quite a bit of hiking groups already. How do you think hiking can foster great friendships?
Hiking definitely brings people from all walks of life together. It doesn’t matter your race, your gender, your age … we all share that amazing bond through loving the great outdoors!
What are some of your goals with your hiking groups?
I definitely want to put together some overnight backpacking trips in the future!
Where are some of your “bucket list hikes” in California?
Some of my bucket list hikes in California include:
- Eagle Rock
- Potato Chip Rock
- 3 Sisters Falls
- Yosemite National Park
- The Hollywood Sign
- Zion National Park (not in California but close enough!)
Where is your next adventure?
No plans as of yet, but Im hoping to make it to Joshua Tree ASAP!
Follow kelly on Instagram: @the_wanderinghippie
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