One Step at a Time
Bright patterns of green, orange and turquoise draw us upward, decorative tiles shining in the sun. A complex design reveals itself in stages as our eyes raise to the next set of steps. Something about colorful, decorative stairs makes it less of a chore to climb them.
San Francisco is blessed with many wonderful stair walks. The appeal of some is the charming pockets of quirky homes and fanciful gardens they pass through. The charm of others is in the steps themselves, with cleverly applied color and design making magic from a functional structure.
Not all stairways are so appealing. A difficult time in life can feel like an endless stretch of dreary stairs before us. The spirit to keep climbing may temporarily disappear.
When tasks ahead look like a long, daunting slog, remember that it’s okay to stop and rest. Look ahead one step at a time.
Put one foot up, then bring the other foot to rest. Sit to rest and regroup if you wish. Look back and acknowledge how far you’ve come.
Eventually we make it up the stairs, whether the steps were adorned with cheerful colored tiles or not.
Pat yourself on the back for getting as far as you have, and keep putting one foot forward!
This week’s Hike Notes, Lincoln Park Steps-Legion of Honor Loop, takes readers up one of San Francisco’s most colorful stairways, and leads past gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands, a lovely golf course, and the grand Legion of Honor.
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Hike Notes 167: Lincoln Park Steps-Legion of Honor Loop
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