My Third Week Challenge: Hiking in beautiful Houston, BC!

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Activity Description: 

Hiking was the theme of the week.  During my stay in Houston I decided I wanted to enjoy the natural beauty of the outdoors by trying some new trails.  I was very excited that my husbands family was on board to show me some beautiful trails, meadows and mountains! 

What I did: I ended up being able to do two hikes, one was up a mountain called Grouse mountain and that hike lasted two hours.  The other hike was unnamed but it lasted an hour and a half!   We hiked through meadows, up steep inclines, down the mountain side, across creeks and through wooded areas.  

What you need: I encourage you to wear hiking books because I wore my court shoes and I could of easily rolled my ankle if I was not careful.  I encourage you to bring water with you ( we were lucky enough to come across a delicious natural spring.) Also bring a warm layer of clothing because as we went higher on the mountain it became cooler. 

Difficulty: It was hard to determine how difficult this activity was because there are a range of trails, hikes and mountains that you can climb. My first hike I would of rated it a 7.5 and my second hike was a 6. I would encourage you to try and push yourselves when hiking but also remember to stay safe!

What I liked/disliked: I loved everything about the hike except for the fact that I did not have proper footwear. I loved being in God’s creation and enjoying the amazing sites (including a black bear.) I think there is something about being immersed in nature, and I challenge you to get outside, keep moving and perform beautifully! 

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About kristineewald

Hello! My name is Kristine Ewald and I am incredibly excited and honored to be one of the first Canadian women selected as an Oakley Ambassador! My Challenge for this year is to try a different excerise/activity once a week and write about my experiences! I also want to carry on with my regular sports that I love! A little bit about me : I have had an amazing life so far! I have wonderful family and friends who have supported my many journeys. I absolutely love sports, hiking, volleyball (indoor and beach), and swimming, among many other activities. I also played middle for the UFV Cascades volleyball team and was chosen as a league all-star. Not only do I LOVE sports, but I have a passion for adventure and I love helping others. I traveled to Costa Rica to play volleyball and work in orphanages, and also to Thailand with my husband to hike, do yoga, ride elephants and, most importantly, help at an AIDS Orphanage. My biggest, hardest and proudest accomplishment yet was having my daughter Leighton! I currently work for my local Food Bank, but my ultimate goal is to encourage people with special needs to get active, especially within the school districts! I have been told that I am stubborn, adventurous, hard working, fun, sensitive and maybe a bit crazy. I love Oakley because they are passionate about encouraging and supporting women to perform beautifully and to live a healthy and active lifestyle. They also make amazing products that encourage this healthy lifestyle through amazing performance while still looking absolutely beautiful! I hope to do the same by challenging myself and other women to perform beautifully by pushing themselves, to live a healthy and active lifestyle and step out of their comfort zones!
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