As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my sister Kathleen and I take a walk together every Saturday. I bring my mom’s dog Molly along and Kathleen has her dog, Ruby. Since Ruby is almost 15 years old we have been going more slowly and Kathleen has a “pup pack” to carry Ruby when she tires out.
The weather was clear and fairly warm, and Kathleen suggested a beach walk. This is actually a hike that starts by Rodeo Beach in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and loops up into the hills overlooking the beach.
With our brother so ill, the last month has been very stressful. I’m spending a lot of time at the hospital and this was a lovely respite.
I’ve always found salt air to be very restorative. The views and the wildflowers were beautiful.
California Golden Poppies and what I always knew as sour grass, but I think is more properly called Yellow Woodsorrel, cover the hillside.
As we walked up the trail, we saw a group of people taking part in a Search and Rescue exercise.
The woman in the blue hard hat on the lower left was rapeling down a cliff. We learned she was to playing the part of the victim who would be “rescued.”
This is the view looking down from the rocks she was climbing.
I don’t think I would be a very good volunteer for this exercise! This team was going to climb down after her and carry her back up in the basket.
We continued up the trail towards Battery Townsley, a World War II concrete gun emplacement, overlooking the San Francisco Bay. You can see the edge of the battery just above this rocky hillside.
I thought of Beau because he is a real WWII geek. He would say he is a “military historian” but it’s all the same to me. In fact, I wrote part of this post while at the hospital and asked Beau about Battery Townsley. He started rattling off facts and figures about the size of the guns, the fact that they were only shot in practice, that it was a casemate (I had to look it up: a fortified gun emplacement or armored structure from which guns are fired), that volunteers were working to restore the battery to it’s 1940’s condition, etc.
Here’s the view looking towards the beach. The hills in the background are in San Francisco.
You can see the Search and Rescue exercise was still going on.
We saw Morning Glories, Blue Eyed Grass and Silver Bush Lupine.
Ruby got slower and slower as we went up the hill, so Kathleen let her ride until we headed back downhill. Molly was full of energy and enjoyed every minute of the walk.
As we followed the loop around, we caught a glimpse of one of the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Lacy white Cow Parsnip was surrounded by Horsetail Ferns.
The combination of exercise, conversation, salt air, beautiful views and wildflowers all worked together to nourish me and help me feel in better shape to face the days and weeks ahead. I know I need to take care of myself and this was one way to do that.
Thank you for your visit.