On the Flip Side
My son and I especially love hiking in Marin County, and there are many more trails I yearn to explore. When the pandemic hit, though, weekends became crowded with newly discovered nature lovers tired of being cooped up indoors. The thought of fighting for trailhead parking was discouraging.
On the other hand, having more people tap into nature as a source of health and happiness is encouraging.
Recently, I was revving myself up to drive to Mt. Tam with my family to do a special hike there, despite possible trailhead jams.
Weather and other circumstances changed our plans. Instead of hiking in a redwood forest or along one of the watershed lakes on Mt. Tam, we ended up doing a city walk instead.
On the one hand, not going to Mt. Tam felt disappointing. On the flip side, we explored a newly designed park with grand views of Alcatraz, San Francisco Bay, and the Ghirardelli tower and sign. We had a fun new experience and didn’t have to drive far.
Looking at situations from both sides can turn negative situations into something positive. May we all try to see the bright side, whether we hit a minor bump or a major challenge. Keep putting one foot forward!
This week’s Hike Notes, Francisco Park-City Walk, introduces readers to a park redesigned from a historic reservoir from San Francisco’s Gold Rush days.
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