While hordes of people across the country were shopping on Black Friday, our family was doing a seven-mile loop in Mt. Tamalpais State Park.
After having consumed two Thanksgiving meals, with two different families, it felt great to hike along the Matt Davis Trail, through green tree groves, singing songs from ‘The Little Mermaid’ with my sister. We eventually emerged from the trees, and walked along a trail shrouded in fog. The last third of the hike was through an enchanting redwood canyon.
I hate to shop, so for me, the three-hour hike was an opportunity to be grateful for what we already have.
I laughed when we came to a trail junction, and didn’t know which way to proceed. Daniel, Julia, and Mama pulled out their iPhones, and tried to decipher the route. It took a fellow hiker – who carried an old-fashioned, fold-up map of Mt. Tam – for us to figure out where to go. Take that, Siri!
And we were all deeply satisfied by the Thanksgiving leftovers – slices of cheese, crackers, nuts and Asian pears – we had packed as mid-hike snacks. This food had tasted great as an appetizer, with fine wine, on Thanksgiving, but they tasted even better on the crisp afternoon when washed down with water from a water bottle.
Well, I guess there was one person who was wanting something new, rather than relishing what she had.
About an hour into the hike, the bottom of Mama’s hiking boot started fish-like flopping off her foot. She was a good sport about it – she tried tying her boot together with her headband, then secured some Duct tape from the Pantoll ranger station, then Danny constructed a shoe bandage out of an empty plastic bag. But I’m sure she is hoping she can find a belated Black Friday sale on these stylish Merrell hiking boots.
We ended our hike at Breaker’s Cafe, where we each savored a spicy Bloody Mary. Cheers to Green Friday – which I hope will become a family tradition!