Since my trip to New Zealand last year, I became interested in hiking and exploring nature. I’m by no means an outdoorsy person, but I find walking in nature very peaceful. I’ve been following the hiking adventures of The Life of Py since I first heard of it last year from a couple of colleagues but never quite made it to any of the organised hikes last year. I managed to attend the Life of Py’s first hike of 2017 a few weeks ago. It was a nice and easy trail called the Victoria Reservoir Trail up in Carmel. As it was the first hike of the year and a fairly easy one, there was a massive turn out (probably around 30+ people). We met at 8.30am along Masonmill Road to start the 7km loop. It was a lovely day to be hiking in the morning. It was great to see hikers of all ages (including children!) doing the hike with us. The loop only took us around 1.5 hours to complete at a fairly leisurely pace, with a few stops along the way to allow people to catch up.