My Annual Thanksgiving Day Hike – 2020
There are some good things to be said about walking. Not many, but some. Walking takes longer, for example, than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed. I have a friend who’s always in a hurry; he never gets anywhere. Walking makes the world much bigger and thus more interesting. You have time to observe the details. The utopian technologists foresee a future for us in which distance is annihilated. … To be everywhere at once is to be nowhere forever, if you ask me. ~ Edward Abbey
Thanksgiving Day has lots of traditions for me. I almost always cook and excessively so, mostly so I can eat obsessively for several days. I take a moment to give thanks, I watch a lot of football. I do an annual full volume playing of Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant. And without a doubt my most consistent tradition is my Thanksgiving Day hike. Most years it’s a dawn hike, so that I can get out walk, be outside and then be home early enough to start cooking and eat at a reasonable time.
So this year I decided to do a short turnaround hike starting at Baker Beach and walking the coastal trail toward the Golden Gate Bridge. it’s a nice little hike, a few hills, a long set or three of stairs but a beautiful walk along the ocean heading toward the bridge and the San Francisco Bay. It was a crisp morning but sunny and clear and the stairs gave my quads a nice little workout, so that’s the justification why I’ll need to eat four meals today.
This year, I’m certainly thankful in a time of uncertainty and pain for so many that I have a job, and the funds to make a nice dinner. I hope you are able to do the same, Happy Thanksgiving my friends. ~ Rev Kane