I visited the Angeles National Forest for the first time recently and was pleasantly surprised at how much it had to offer. I got there early in the morning and was greeted with crisp air, peaceful silence, good company, as well as soothing nature sounds. I joined a group hike to Gould Mesa Trail Camp which is a 4.2 miles round trip hike via the Gabrielino Trail. I got the chance to meet some new people along the way and get out of my comfort zone a bit. I’m pretty introverted so I tend not to speak so much in large groups. However, being in nature and observing different things we passed by, gave me the opportunity to have conversations about topics I normally wouldn’t have with people I wouldn’t have met if I hadn’t decided to take a hike.