Families. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. Pandemic safety restrictions mean that people living in the same household spend a lot of time together.
Sometimes we drive each other crazy. On the flip side, having a fuller household alleviates some of the loneliness experienced by those living alone.
Our family members roll our eyes in irritation at times, but we also have a built in set of companions for outdoor outings. Having a full crew for household projects is also handy.
Having a severely autistic family member in the mix during long months of pandemic restrictions presents extra difficulties, some of them harrowing, some of them funny. Our autistic son has taken to rearranging large objects of furniture on a daily basis, sometimes at 1 AM. I’m sure other families that include members with exceptional needs face similar challenges. Our son is not able to navigate the world on his own, so we’re lucky to share caregiver duties between three of us.
We are grateful to have each other for support through trying times as well as easy ones, and try to remember to give thanks to family and friends, despite the distractions of unsettled times.
This week’s Hike Notes, Tennessee Point Labyrinth, takes readers on a stunning coastal view hike featuring a stone labyrinth on a high cliff above the Pacific with fascinating geological structures and white cliffs in view. Looking along the coast in either direction from the labyrinth cliff is enough to make anyone forget anything but the power of nature.
The long list of Hikes can be found on the Quick View Hike List and on the main Hikes page. All past Insights posts can also be viewed in the Insights/Hike Update News archives.
Check the Home page for the broader background story. If you’re not able to take one of these Northern California hikes, hopefully you can enjoy the photo galleries at the bottom of each hike page! Click Insights/Hike Update News for inspiring reflections. Please feel free to share.
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Hike Notes 119: Tennessee Point Labyrinth
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