April 22, 2018
So Close and Yet So Far
At times, something right in front of us feels unreachable.
Anxiety, PTSD, illness, exhaustion, physical trauma, logistical barriers, lack of resources (physical, mental or financial), or other circumstances beyond our control hold us back.
For us, having a family member on the autism spectrum means that just getting through the day can feel impossible. Others are held back by different sets of obstacles, both tangible and intangible. Taking that first step forward, no matter how humble, feels too daunting.
Waves of opportunity occasionally sneak up. Ignited by a momentary sense of courage and determination, we may surprise ourselves. We get to a place—in ourselves or in the world—that had felt impossible.
This week’s Hike Notes describe a place that is literally minutes from our front door in San Francisco. Our son struggled for years even to get to places this close to home.
This Fort Funston Beach Hike is now one of our easy go-to weekend walks. This short hike offers hang gliders overhead, ocean waves to one side and steep cliffs to the other. The stunning views don’t require miles of hiking.
If you’re feeling stuck, look around. There may be a goal that is not as out of reach as you think!
Please feel free to share. If you’re not able to take one of these Northern California hikes, hopefully you can enjoy the photos!
Hike Notes 1: Marin Headlands Visitor Center to Rodeo Beach
Hike Notes 2: Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Hike Notes 3: Lands End Lookout to Mile Rock Beach
Hike Notes 4: Muir Beach to Pirates Cove
Hike Notes 5: Devil’s Slide
Hike Notes 6: Wave Organ- Crissy Field
Hike Notes 7: Tennessee Valley
Hike Notes 8: Fort Funston Beach Walk
Sharing insights and hiking highlights (Hikes, Hike Search by Area) from the special needs caregiver front in San Francisco.