Looking out my back attic window at the western edge of San Francisco, I can see the Golden Gate Park windmill and the Pacific Ocean in the far distance. On a clear day, I can see white stripes on the distant sea, indicating huge waves. At dusk, during crabbing season, I see the glow of crab fishing boats on the horizon, sometimes right after a dramatic sunset.
Sounds great, but it is not a clear, easy view. There is a very large tree in my backyard blocking the center. Chimneys and power lines also muddle the ocean scenery.
The windmill, the ocean, and the sunsets are beautiful despite all the obstacles. My eyes have learned to look past the tree branches and chimneys to see what I most enjoy.
Life doesn’t hand us easy, unobstructed views on a silver platter. We learn to soften our vision of life’s rough edges and focus on the fulfilling, joyful aspects.
May each of us focus on something that brings joy or solace, even if we have to squint past the clutter in the foreground.
This week’s Hike Notes, Golden Gate Heights Park, takes readers to an old-time classic San Francisco city park, set high on a hill. The dramatic views over the Sunset District to the Pacific Ocean are partially obstructed by grand trees in the foreground, but they’re part of the beauty.
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Hike Notes 153: Golden Gate Heights Park
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