Change of Pace
I love a steep, rocky trail that cuts sharply up the side of a mountain. I love hiking in places that feel remote, far from people and city issues. I love walking far enough to have tired legs when I’m done.
But not always. Sometimes a stroll in a pretty urban park is just right.
Many people face obstacles that prevent them from doing a rugged hike off the beaten track. Injury, arthritis, disability, decreasing mobility for all sorts of reasons. These can make a person not want to bother trying to get out. Maybe transportation to a good hiking destination isn’t easily accessible due to location, time, or financial resources.
A boost from a breath of fresh air and a dose of nature doesn’t have to be far away. Cities offer us parks, or at the very least, flowers growing through a crack in the sidewalk. Any little flicker of nature is a benefit.
You don’t have to walk for miles to enjoy an outdoor change of pace. For those who find it difficult to walk, if you can get to a trailhead with a view or to a bench in a park, you can still enjoy time away from your daily grind. Listen for birds. Watch the changing light in the sky. Close your eyes and take a deep breath.
If you can’t get away from your home, find a window that lets you see the sky, some grass or flowers. Even a minute watching the sunrise or sunset can work wonders to lift us up.
This week’s Hike Notes lead readers on a Palace of Fine Arts City Stroll. The San Francisco Bay Area is not only immersed in stunning nature areas, but also filled with unique urban spots to enjoy scenery and a walk.
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Hike Notes 102: Palace of Fine Arts City Stroll