Hiding in Plain Sight
On rare occasions in life, we stumble onto a sparkling treasure, right under our nose. Something somehow hidden from view.
It could be an object, like the delightful orchid bloom that surprised me from behind a birthday card I’d left on display for months. It might be a person, like the quiet store clerk who shared a heartwarming life story when she saw I share her daughter’s name.
It may even be an undiscovered strength or ability.
With our severely autistic son, a mumble we’ve heard for years may suddenly reveal itself as him saying the name of a favorite person. It might be a flash of insight for us parents, transforming a perceived obstacle into a stepping stone for progress.
Or it could be a place. A beautiful location we’ve driven past a hundred times, not realizing what was just behind some trees or a turn in the road.
One of our son’s autism helpers is an outdoorsman who we claim knows every hiking trail in a hundred mile radius.
One day he said he was taking us for a hike right near our house that he’d just discovered. His description of “close by,” “easy walking,” and “stunning views” had me feeling dubious. How could a place like that have eluded us up to now?
Within a few minutes’ drive, we were at Mussel Rock Park hiking down to a dramatic little beach. We saw paragliders, pelicans, glorious views both north and south, a tunnel through a rock, and sure enough, the splash of waves glistening on rocks covered completely with dark mussels, all within a relatively short walk.
This week’s Hike Notes are about Mussel Rock and Paragliders, a sparkling treasure just south of San Francisco at the border of Daly City and Pacifica.
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Hike Notes 16: Mussel Rock and Paragliders
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