Exploring the outdoor world through hiking has always been a part of me. As a kid, I was always drawn to finding trails along the Missouri River in the plains of Nebraska and exploring where they would lead. To this day, feeling the air, wind and being a part of the natural environment always uplifts and nourishes my soul. Participating in California history through hiking the El Camino is an exciting experience. It melds the past with the now and allows hikers of all abilities to be a part of the wonderful story of California.