The Pleasures of Solitude: A Walk in the Park


“I love not Man the less, but Nature More.” Lord Byron

One of my favorite things to do each day is to spend an hour walking my dog Lily in the Presidio. I am fortunate that our house in San Francisco is only a block away from this National Park, which boast 25 miles of trails, with the terrain ranging from sandy beaches to forests and flowering meadows.

You could say it’s one of my guilty pleasures, not because I’m gobbling up a big box of chocolate bonbons while doing so. Simple: because it’s selfish. It’s all mine out there, all mine and what I crave is solitude.

Shutting out the noise and commotion of society is one of the ways that I court pleasure.I leave behind the news of another black man being shot by police, talk of the upcoming Presidential election between two of the most unpopular candidates in history and the encroaching demands of Twitter, instagram and Facebook.

By now, I know what trails to take to avoid running into too many fellow hikers. On overcast days, Lily and I are usually alone and often deep in the woods.

When I do pass a hiker, I’m always annoyed by how many of them are glued to their cell phones jabbering away; robbing me of silence. I would much rather hear bird songs, gurgling rivulets and Lily thrashing through the underbrush than their one sided conversations.

We are all living such public lives these days. It’s truly a pleasure, whether guilty or not, to escape from noise and demands. I try to do it every day.

Something that you probably don’t know about me is that my first language to read and write was French, that I have a weakness for Kettle Cooked Lays potato chip and that still sing the alphabet (to my self, thank God !)

Jennifer

Tag along as I share musings on everything from family to business, which will hopefully inspire you and stir the mind. I am happy that you are along for the journey. Here’s to Living Lively!

36 Comments

  • Lou Ann
    September 29, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Dear Jennifer, I love the Presidio. I stayed at the Inn at the Presidio 2 years ago by myself, and walked for hours – through the Presidio, down to the Golden Gate Bridge, and then over to Crissy Field. There were so many places in the Park I had never known about before. It is a magical place.

    xoxo

  • Candy
    September 29, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    We have some timber behind our house. When I need a break or just need to get away this is where I head for a walk

  • Robin Masshole Mommy
    September 29, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    I run the trails at my local state park sometimes. I love being in the woods.

  • Valerie
    September 29, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    What cute doggies. I love to walk in the park.

  • Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life)
    September 30, 2016 at 2:10 am

    You are so lucky to live near a national park! We usually take walks just in the neighborhood in the evening and have to save hiking or walks on trails for the weekend.

  • Elizabeth O.
    September 30, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Walks like this are the best things that life can offer! It’s a luxury now especially for people who live in the city. You’re lucky to have such a private and serene park near you!

  • Jan
    September 30, 2016 at 2:46 am

    In the past six months I have rediscovered the pleasures of solitude, for the first time in many years. Although my walks are on the beach, rather than in a wooded park – the joys are the same. They are especially helpful to me in keeping all the facets of a busy life in perspective.

  • blessing boamah
    September 30, 2016 at 2:53 am

    Solitude is definitely a treasure, living by a national park sounds like a dream. I like going to the park for my solitude, as the weather isn’t as hot.

  • Cindy Ingalls
    September 30, 2016 at 2:54 am

    If I had this park in my backyard, I would probably be there every day. There is nothing like being out in nature to make you feel connected and filled with a sense of peace.

  • MarciaF
    September 30, 2016 at 3:07 am

    My husband’s solitude is taking our lab for long walks like this. I’m sure he’d love to be in such a beautiful setting.

  • Roxy
    September 30, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    This is so scenic and beautiful. You’re so luck that you get to enjoy great hiking trails and the ocean!

  • Jess
    September 30, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    What beautiful pictures! I definitely believe we can all benefit from some meaningful alone time on a regular basis. I’m not exactly a loner or introvert, but sometimes I just need to be alone for a little while and not have to speak or think or do anything anyone else expects of me. So refreshing!

  • Nicole Etolen
    September 30, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Looks like your dog is enjoying this walk. I love taking my dogs to park too!

  • Rose Pingol
    September 30, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    I love this park, so beautiful and refreshing! This is perfect for a nature retreat, glad to bring a dog!

  • Ashley
    October 1, 2016 at 1:03 am

    This is, hands down, one of my favorite things to do ever! And I have a dog named Lily too! <3 The park looks absolutely beautiful!!!

  • Rosey
    October 1, 2016 at 11:14 am

    It is nice to get a litle peace. And hurrah to you for doing it every day if you can!

  • Lisa Rios
    October 2, 2016 at 8:31 am

    My favorite thing is a solo walking in the near by park for around 30-minutes every morning. It is good to see you have a dog to accompany you and it is great you have such peaceful place to relax & walk around!

  • adriana
    October 3, 2016 at 5:43 am

    What a gorgeous park! There’s something so clarifying about walking in a gorgeous spot, like this park. Love this!

  • Akhil Sharma
    October 3, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Great scenery and images; keep walking and remain jovial 🙂

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    October 5, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks Akhil for following along on my journey. I’ll try to do both! Cheers

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    October 5, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks Adriana. I feel so fortunate to have the park so close to where I live.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    October 5, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Good for you for getting out there. I really only takes 30 minutes to feel the affects.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    October 5, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Give it a try! I know you’ll be happy. Thanks for your comment.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    October 5, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    I like the photo of your dogs. They are a motivating factor for getting you outside and walking. Thanks for you comment!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    October 5, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I feel so fortunate to have the park so close to where I live. Thanks for your lovely comment!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    October 5, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Dogs do motivate you to get outside and enjoy nature. Glad to hear that you like taking your dogs to the park. Thanks for your comment.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    October 5, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Thanks for your insightful comment. I really appreciate hearing from you!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    October 5, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    I am fortunate to have the park so close to where I live. Thanks you for your upbeat comment!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    October 5, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Glad to hear about your husband’s walks in the Park. Your comment is much appreciated.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    October 5, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I do feel very fortunate to have the Presidio practically at my doorstep. Thanks for following along!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    October 5, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    As always, great hear from you Jan! You are really lucky to have the beach so close by. Thank you so much for your comments!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    October 5, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Walking in nature is an incredible luxury, that fortunately doesn’t come with a price tag. Thank you for your lovely comment!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    October 5, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Happy to hear that you also love to take walks in the park. Thank you for your comment.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    October 5, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    I wish I liked running…I would burn so many more calories. But I think you have to stick with what you like to make it a routing. Thanks for commenting!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    October 5, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Sometime we should plan a walk in the Presidio followed by lunch. As always, thanks for following along on my journey!

  • Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
    October 7, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Oh how I wish we have a park like this near our home. IT would be nice to walk in the woods.

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