Walking Together: Behind the Design
Our older son, a graphic designer, helped me create designs that reflect the uplifting spirit of HikingAutism.com. It has been wonderful to see people enjoying items with the first design, the “Just Get to the Trailhead” silhouette of Sean chugging up a steep hill. Thanks to everyone for the support and encouragement!
The second design introduced here is a silhouette image of two figures walking. I’m referring to this series of products as “Walking Together” because that’s the simple truth of what we do with our severely autistic son to make his and our lives better. We walk together.
I see other families navigating autism or other physical or developmental challenges, and am always impressed when I see them trying a wide variety of activities. I know how much work it takes to find accessible and welcoming facilities and the support to try something new.
Sean has worked hard to overcome extreme sensory overload and other obstacles that had him hiding under a blanket at home. With help, Sean got back out in the world for hiking. He has also had the courage to try rock climbing, kayaking, and overnight cabin stays with dedicated and patient guidance. Helpers brave enough to stick with our family and not let us give up have been key to us breaking free from near isolation.
Still, the most comforting, uplifting activity we do with Sean is just getting outdoors and walking. Rain or shine, we’re out hiking every day that he’s not at his day program.
Sean doesn’t talk much, but tolerates me commenting on the scenery to him as we walk side by side. He’s one of my favorite hiking buddies.
To see the “Walking Together” design on various items, check out the HikingAutism Support/Shop page, or go directly to the HikingAutism Printify popup shop. The design reference photo of Sean and me walking together was taken on a hike under glowing autumn light in China Camp State Park in Marin County.
The simple act of walking outdoors—alone or with a companion—is one of life’s priceless gifts. If getting outside to walk is not an option, open a window or door to look out at the sky and listen for birds. Nature is a no-cost prescription to alleviate stress!
This week’s HikingAutism Hike Notes from the archives is China Camp Campsite to Chicken Coop Hill, a pretty walk with bay views amid rolling hills in San Rafael, CA.
This week’s Hike Notes from the Archives:
(Original Hike Notes 49): China Camp Campsite to Chicken Coop Hill
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