The Long Haul
I started HikingAutism.com in March of 2018. It is a labor of love. I find time to create new posts each week in addition to work and special needs mom duties because it highlights a joyful part of helping my younger son who is severely challenged by autism.
If no one else read the posts or looked at the photos, I’d still create them, because it lifts my heart, but hearing from readers that they felt uplifted by an Insights post, had their breath taken away by a nature photo, or used a Hikes description to try walking in a new place means the world to me. Caring for a family member with extra challenges involves lifelong devotion, and creating something meaningful to share with others is another lifelong goal.
When I reached 100 hike posts on HikingAutism, I celebrated with readers. The 150 hike mark snuck past me amidst work deadlines and caregiving with less support available since the pandemic, so this week I’m celebrating reaching the 160 hike mark! In addition to my Northern California hikes, readers have shared walks from afar in the World Walks section, so HikingAutism currently offers 175 hikes for readers to enjoy.
Thank you to everyone who has ever taken a moment to read a weekly Insights post, read about a new hike, or check out other parts of the site.
Thanks for sharing trail time via cyberspace up to now, and we’ll keep putting one foot forward together!
This week’s Hike Notes, Slide Ranch and Tide Pool Walk, introduces readers to a special place that features goats, ducks, and chickens as well as a lovely trail leading to tide pools and stunning ocean views.
Click Insights/Hike Update News for inspiring reflections. Browse hikes on the main Hikes page or on the Hike Search by Area (was Quick View Hike List) page. Click World Walks to see or share favorite family-friendly walks! Stay in touch with Lisa Louis and HikingAutism via Contact. The Links page lists a loose collection of helpful information links.
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! Please feel free to share, and follow on Twitter at @HikingAutism
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Hike Notes 160: Slide Ranch and Tide Pool Walk
Sharing insights and hiking highlights (Hikes, Hike Search by Area) from the special needs caregiver front in San Francisco.