I was really excited for this field trip to the Malibu Creek because I have never been on a proper hike. I have been on nature walks, but never really experienced "hiking" unless 'walking and admiring the flowers' count as "hiking". After a very long, long, drive, not the distance but because of LA traffic, we had finally made it! When arriving there, you could smell the fresh air, feel the sun on your face, and see a sign that says "Beware!" Beware of what exactly? This abruptly ended my complete happiness being in nature. The sign specifically listed to beware of rattlesnakes, dangerous insects, and poisonous oak.
Our group was introduced to two lovely docents who have been working there for more than 30 years! It is very inspirational to see people who love their job and showing others how to enjoy it as well. They both assured us that they will help us identify all things dangerous and how to avoid them. Their favourite saying: "Three leaves let it be".
Fortunately, I didn't meet a rattlesnake. Although I did meet a Skink more specifically a Blue Tailed Lizard who had an absolutely beautiful coloured tail.
Before we began our hike, the docents had told us that this park belongs to everyone and that we should treat it the same way we would treat our own home. One of the docents, Mr. Mike, referred to a quote that perfectly illustrated this topic:
Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints!- Chief Seattle