The Monday after we moved here, I had the idea of hiking the Lands End Trail with the boys. Being in Outer Richmond, we have easy and quick access to some of San Francisco's most picturesque and iconic locations. We had visited the city numerous times before moving and have been to most of the touristy spots, but I never got to see the famous labyrinth at the tip of the trail, over looking Mile Rock Beach.
As we started on the path, I was so taken by the beauty of everything surrounding us and the fact that "we are actually here" to notice the steep hills ahead. Lots of whining accompanied this hike, but that didn't bother me. The view of the Golden Gate Bridge was at every turn, after all! Equipped with snacks and water, we pressed on, passing the beautiful golf course and towering trees on the way, then finally a little bit of downhill led us to a calm and peaceful lookout spot before we descended flights of stairs.
We were greeted by these gnarled trees that had grown in such a way that perfectly framed the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. After a few slightly treacherous steps (with kids) to the left of these trees, this breathtakingly beautiful scene opened up before us. This is why we adventure with the kids, I thought.
Those weekend hiking and snorkeling trips with my dad and the occasional tagging along on his midnight fishing trips have forever changed me. Those experiences have instilled in me the need to explore, and I believe they also played a huge role in how God drew me to Himself later. He showed me His power, control and design in creation.
I pray He will use our family's adventures to impact Will and Luca, to open their eyes to see Him.