Walking On the Edge
Some creatures walk along steep cliffs without a hint of anxiety. Nature may offer them a superb sense of balance, highly motivating reasons for roaming along bluff edges, or wings to fly if they slip.
For us humans, walking along rocky heights is a dangerous gamble. Here on the craggy Northern California coast, overconfidence in balance and agility brings many face to face with cliff rescue teams (if they’re lucky).
War, disease, and economic instability can make us collectively feel like we’re walking on unstable ground. Personal tragedy or insecurity also make us feel like we’re teetering high above rough waves and rocks.
We warn loved ones to stay away from the edge when we’re walking in cliffside areas, but we don’t always have the option to avoid instability and danger.
The best we can do at times is to tap into the instincts and techniques we’ve learned for surviving. Hopefully if we start to slip, we find our footing and stabilize.
World circumstances have many feeling like we’re staggering at the edge of a precipice. Reach out and offer a helping hand if you see someone who needs it, and don’t be shy about calling for support if you start to slide.
In uncertain times, find the most stable ground available, and keep putting one foot forward!
This week’s Hike Notes, Frolic Cove Walk-Mendocino, takes readers on a beautiful coastal walk that leads to the site of a historic shipwreck on the Mendocino Coast.
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Hike Notes 140: Frolic Cove Walk-Mendocino
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