In Our Own Backyards
One of my biggest boosts comes from trying out a new rugged trail, away from my city home, especially with my special needs son.
Obstacles sometimes block those bigger hikes.
Wildfire-related air quality problems. Heavy rain and winds. Work deadlines. Colds and flu.
Lack of backup. “Sean and I can try a new trail on our own!” I think. My autistic son outweighs me by thirty pounds and can present unpredictable challenges. I am reminded that being solo caregiver in a remote area with no cell phone service is not wise. Other family members or helpers aren’t always available.
When longer outdoor adventures are on the back burner, we find a bit of nature close to home. At San Francisco’s western edge, natural beauty abounds in every direction. Our neighborhood nature-meets-the-city locations are our extended backyard.
Everyone can find a breath of fresh air nearby. City dweller? Grow plants on your apartment windowsill. Take a walk. You’ll be surprised where you see a bird, a flower, a plant you haven’t noticed before. Find the closest parks or open spaces on a map. The solace of fresh air and a little exercise might be closer than you think.
This week’s Hike Notes introduce a Lobos Valley Boardwalk Stroll, an easy little walk right here in the city of San Francisco that our family takes when we’re short of energy, time, or tolerance for weekend traffic.
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Hike Notes 53: Lobos Valley Boardwalk Stroll