A dark pathway descends at geometric angles through deep greenery, metal railings glimmering in the late afternoon light.
Now we are in a quiet circular space, flowers in the center, memorializing the many whose memories rest here.
Walk a little further, and we are in shady forest. Gentle shadows envelop visitors with a calming sense that encourages contemplation.
Artfully placed benches invite visitors to be still for a moment in the comfort of nature.
A lone person on a bench may be communing with the spirit of a lost loved one. The benches emanate a welcoming spirit. Empty seats may in fact be occupied by the essence of old friends who have found each other.
The eastern end of Golden Gate Park tends to be a lively place full of cars, bikes, and pedestrians, hurrying from one iconic visitor site to another. The AIDS Memorial Grove is a hidden spot of tranquility within that.
The subtle paths that lead into the AIDS Memorial Grove are easy to miss. Those who do find their way will encounter messages of love, loss, and a resilient spirit of carrying on despite the most heartbreaking and difficult circumstances.
This beautiful, quiet place reverberates with the indomitable spirit of love enduring.
This week’s Hike Notes, AIDS Memorial Grove – Golden Gate Park, sweep us from the bustling, noisy part of Golden Gate Park into a comforting, tranquil forest space.
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Hike Notes 82: AIDS Memorial Grove – Golden Gate Park
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