Today we used our friends car and drove just five miles to get to gorgeous redwoods. We visited this regional park in November and I was eager to return. It smells so good and fresh with the scent of bay laurel and redwoods.
We met in the gardens and had a little picnic. Everyone wore masks and we did our best to give each other a little breathing room. It felt like forever since the last time we saw our friends and definitely since March since we even attempted a play date. I think that the girls friendship grew with the lost time and they are excited we will make it a weekly event.
We borrowed a car from a friend for a few days to have some mini adventures. It was nice to go a bit further, shop at different places and breathe in the fresh air.
In addition to visiting Caesar Chavez park in Berkeley (photos in previous post), we hiked in Oakland and visited the shore in Alameda.
There is so much going in the world and I have been trying my best to stay informed but gosh it can be overwhelming and heavy. Every day I read about covid 19 and police brutality and poverty and wonder how we will get through this time in history. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer and the middle class is dissolving. Americans are sick and dying and struggling and being beaten and killed and arrested and not getting their basic needs met. It feels dystopian yet I have watched it all unfold before my eyes and it is very real. So I take my family on a hike. We breathe the fresh air and for a moment try not to dwell on the suffering but live in the present moment. On a former landfill we find beauty. A place named after a civil activist who fought as hard as he could to fight oppression. We are revitalized and move forward.