In Dark Woods Wandering
Walking through deep dark woods. Simultaneously comforting and scary.
On a trail we know well by sight, sound and feel, we find our way regardless of foggy darkness or vague trail markings.
On an unfamiliar path, each new turn leads to the unknown.
Maybe our map doesn’t match the trail markers. Maybe there’s a wooden post at a path intersection but the sign is missing. Maybe our sense of distance and direction goes off track.
Being a parent sometimes feels like being on an unmarked trail. Especially when the path takes an unanticipated turn. Health or developmental challenges can make us feel like we have no map at all.
The family member dealing with the challenge probably feels even more disoriented than the caregiver.
When on a dark trail without a good map, it’s important to stop and breathe. Gather your bearings. Remember you are there for each other. For family challenge trail trouble, ask for support outside your family unit.
We fall over obstacles that catch us off balance. But we have each other. Offer a hand when one of you stumbles. Try again. Keep marching forward.
A sense of mystery draws us into deep shadowy forests. This week’s Hike Notes are about El Corte de Madera Creek, an open space preserve offering a series of dark, twisty trails after a dark and twisty drive through redwood forest roads.
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New this week:
Hike Notes 23: El Corte de Madera Creek
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