What is it about steps—leading up or down—that bring an enticing aesthetic and sense of mystery?
Stairways—whether the design is simple or complex, indoors or out—can be entrancing.
But lifting a foot to the next step on a darkened stairway that we aren’t familiar with can also be a bit spooky.
Not knowing exactly where we’re going, not being familiar with the rise of the steps, stepping someplace off our beaten track—all of these can be unnerving.
And yet in our daily life, we keep walking forward on unknown steps. There is something new and different each day that requires a combination of bravery and faith that things will turn out okay. The alternative is not to move forward at all.
We can take our time climbing stairs if we’re feeling overwhelmed. Go to the next rise, stop and acclimate, brace for the next one.
Whatever our challenges in life, may we all tap into the courage to keep walking up the next step, even as it draws us into an unknown future. Because in fact, there is no other kind.
This week’s Hike Notes, Baltimore Canyon-Dawn Falls, takes visitors through woodsy, soft dirt paths through redwoods and then up a sharp, twisty grade to Dawn Falls, where worn stone steps beckon hikers to venture even further.
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Hike Notes 131: Baltimore Canyon-Dawn Falls
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