Going With the Flow, 100 Times and Beyond
Water flows. Leaves fall. Wind blows.
Like snowflakes, every moment in time and place is slightly different. Even Mother Nature is comforted by repetition and stimulated by variety.
Almost two years ago, I created HikingAutism.com, with the desire to share hikes I’ve enjoyed with my severely autistic son, along with insights I’ve gathered as a caregiver handling the challenges of a family dealing with disabilities.
A new Hike Notes post every week means there are now 100 hike descriptions on the site, in addition to 100 Insights posts accompanying them.
Some readers use the site to go on the hikes. Some enjoy the scenic locations through the photos. Many tell me HikingAutism.com gives them inspiration. All of those reactions bring me joy. Yet if not another soul read the posts, I’d still write them.
The heartbeat of this site started with a young teacher who miraculously helped our virtually housebound son get out in the world again (In Memory and Thanks). After his untimely passing, a new helper kept expanding our horizons on new trails. Other treasured helpers have become part of our family over the years.
Thank you to the sturdy souls who help families like ours.
In two years I’ve selfishly “saved for later” some of my most treasured hikes, with many still to come.
For this week’s Hike Notes, I’m sharing one of my favorites in honor of hitting 100 hikes. I hope readers enjoy the special magic of Cataract Trail to Cataract Falls, a hike that packs my favorite features of Mt. Tam hikes into a relatively short stretch of trail.
Going forward, new Hike Notes may be spaced by two weeks instead of one, with updating of existing favorites in between, or sharing a favorite photo with that week’s Insights post. Thank you to everyone who has walked along with us on HikingAutism.com so far.
Please feel free to share. If you’re not able to take one of these Northern California hikes, hopefully you can enjoy the photos! Check the Home page for the broader background story. Click Insights/Hike Update News for inspiring reflections.
The list of hikes is getting long! Please check the Quick View Hike List or scroll down the main Hikes page to see the current list of hike notes.
New this week:
Hike Notes 100: Cataract Trail to Cataract Falls
Sharing insights and hiking highlights (Hikes, Hike Search by Area) from the special needs caregiver front in San Francisco.