Hiking: I've never had it so good

I love how accessible the San Francisco Bay Area is to hikers.

I grew up in Oxford, and then lived in Edinburgh for many years. They're both beautiful and surrounded by countryside, too. In particular, in Oxford I became used to hiking up to Shotover to watch the sunset or take pictures over the Thames Valley. Shotover inspired both Narnia and Middle Earth, but its beauty and variety fades in comparison with San Francisco.

Twenty minutes in the car can bring me to waves crashing against cliffsides; to rolling, green hills; to pine-scented woodland; to vineyards; to marinas and paddleboats. There's even an English pub nestled in the Marin hills, as if flown brick-by-brick across the Atlantic.

Sometimes, I kick myself that it took so long for me to get here. I'm so glad this is where I am.