Beauty and Sadness
Nature — a never ending source of wonder and awe. Most of us turn to nature for beauty, calm, and inspiration. But nature also reminds us of harsh realities.
We make the most of our daily outing under shelter-in-place rules, taking our autistic son for a long walk without fail. Work deadlines had me thinking to stay home one day, until I remembered hearing that a whale had washed ashore nearby.
“We have to go to Baker Beach!” I said, my enthusiasm boosted by the rare opportunity to observe a whale up close. Though family and friends laugh at my morbid curiosity, apparently I am not alone. Others had come to see the whale as well.
While the young humpback whale’s death brought sadness, it also brought a sense of wonder. Researchers had taken necropsy samples to understand what caused the whale’s demise. The remaining form was a sculptural addition to the Golden Gate Bridge view. The whale was gone the next day.
Nature brings both beauty and sadness, sometimes intertwined. Life is a long lesson in how to embrace both light and dark, while we have the opportunity.
This week’s Hike Notes are from the archives, Lobos Creek to Baker Beach.
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This week’s Hike Notes from the Archives:
(Original Hike Notes 25): Lobos Creek to Baker Beach