Going in Circles
Drivers in in search of a destination cringe when a fellow passenger snaps, “We’re going in circles!”
Going in a loop is not always a bad thing, though.
Getting our special needs son to willingly get out of the house and onto a hiking trail took a lot of work. Working incrementally, we discovered problem spots and motivating factors.
With some hikes, you start from a trailhead, walk to destination X, and then return to the starting point by the same path.
As we tried various outings for our son, we stumbled onto walks that started at Point A, circled on to Points B, C, D, and connected back to the starting point, without ever turning back along the same path. Something about those loop routes kept our son moving better.
I enjoy either kind of path, backtracking over familiar turf, or stepping on new ground the entire way.
When not retracing our steps on a hike is an option, though, we usually take the loop-type route. Walking around a body of water makes this an easy choice.
This week’s Hike Notes are about walking the Lake Lagunitas Loop. It’s one of five pretty lakes in the Marin Watershed, and is a family friendly distance of under two miles for the full circle around the lake.
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Hike Notes 15: Lake Lagunitas Loop