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
On the hike, I learned a lot of new things. One of them was a plant called Claytonia Perfoliata or Miner's Lettuce. It is an edible plant that looks like a tiny Lily Pad. As we neared the creek, you could see a lot of trees and plants surrounding it. The docents called it the Riparian Vegetation. A quick definition of Riparian means to be near water. One of the docents told us that one of her favourite things to do is to listen to the water flow down the creek. She encouraged us to close our eyes and enjoy it as well. She told us that people sometimes forget to take it easy and miss enjoying nature to its fullest. It was especially enjoyable because you could also hear the chirping of the baby shorebirds at play. To help you get a better picture of the cute baby shorebirds, you can watch Pixar's short called Piper (A hungry baby shorebird).
After a little hike up the creek, we had reached the Visitors Center. It looked so peaceful. It looked like it came straight out of Anne of Green Gables. Inside the Visitors Center, they taught us about the wildlife and the Chumash Indians who resided in the Malibu Creek. Since we had finished a little early, we even got to go on an extra hike! The docents took those who were interested to the Malibu Creek Rock Pools. After visiting, I have learned how to enjoy nature to its fullest and was given a beautiful postcard of the Visitors Center so I can never forget my trip to the Malibu Creek.