The Easy Route
Like many others, I thrive on challenges. I’ve learned over the decades, though, that taking the most difficult route, conquering the biggest problem, and choosing the toughest set of obstacles can become an unhealthy habit.
One downside is frustration when we don’t achieve what we aimed for. We might set goals too high without meaningful reason. We might push to achieve at top level even when we’re mentally or physically fatigued. We chastise ourselves for even considering easier options.
Some even go into overachiever mode in aspects of life that are supposed to be fun and relaxing, making break time and vacations stressful instead of restorative. I realized over the years that life throws us more than enough difficult curves to navigate. Choosing empty mountains to conquer is pointlessly exhausting without being helpful.
I still set high goals, but only those with meaningful purpose. I also finally learned to sometimes embrace the easy options the world has to offer.
On days when my family is looking for fresh air and exercise, but we don’t want to work too hard to get them, we enjoy places geared specifically toward easy family outings. A short nature trail or a park with easy parking, bathrooms and picnic benches are great options for enjoying outdoor time.
When I read about easy trails suitable for young and old in the new World Walks contribution from England, Holt Country Park, I was reminded of Stafford Lake Park in Marin County, which offers a wide range of activities and walking paths, as noted in archive hike notes Stafford Lake Nature Walk.
Fifth in a series of World Walks contributions from the Norfolk area of England, Holt Country Park offers family friendly facilities and walking paths in a 100-acre mixed woodland park.
Getting outdoors for fresh air and exercise should always be uplifting and enjoyable, whether we’re up for an extra challenging hike, or we’re more in the mood for easy trails and plenty of benches to relax on. Smile as you keep putting one foot forward!
This week’s HikingAutism Hike Notes from the archives is Stafford Lake Nature Walk, a park developed to offer a range of outdoor activities in one location.
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(Original Hike Notes 73): Stafford Lake Nature Walk
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