Living the San Francisco Dream


Finding Hope in the Marin County Headlands

As many of you know, hiking is how I refresh and rejuvenate my mind, body and spirit. It's often special time shared with my husband, or with good friends, or sometimes my "alone" time.

A week ago on a warm Sunday afternoon, my husband and I hiked past the Hope Cottage, operated by Green Gulch Farm, part of the San Francisco Zen Center. No one was in residence, so we enjoyed lunch outside, gazing over the headlands to Muir Beach far below. There is a profound feeling of peace and healing surrounding Hope Cottage.

View from Hope Cottage, Marin Headlands, CA

Yesterday's hike, only a couple of ridges away from Hope Cottage, was very different. The day was foggy and drizzly; my heart was heavy; it felt like even my beloved Mt. Tamalpais was crying. As I walked up and down gorgeous fern bedecked trails, through the redwood forest, listening to a lively creek below, my mind kept returning to the the prior week, when life felt saner and sunnier, when Hope Cottage welcomed us.

Along the Dipsea Trail, Mt. Tamalpais, CA

As I hiked, I decided to concentrate on Hope instead of on the overwhelming sorrow that could so easily engulf me. I thought a lot about Hope:

  • how I wish everyone reeling from tragedy can find hope,
  • how essential hope is in our lives,
  • how hope can empower us to believe that we can make our world a better place,
  • how hope can strengthen our resolve to make that happen

If you're in need of hope, of solace, keep looking to find your special place that gives you strength and hope. I believe it's there for us, and I know we can improve our world.

last sun of the day on the MiWok trail, Marin County

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

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Comment balloon 8 commentsLottie Kendall • December 17 2012 11:39AM


Lottie - Truly some breath-taking scenery and sights.  I can see why you enjoyed this hike so much!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) almost 8 years ago

We're fortunate to be surrounded by such beauty; it can bring solace in times of trouble; wishing all who are hurting the same.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 8 years ago

Lottie-It is wonderful you can share this activity with family and friends. It looks spectacular and healing for sad hearts,.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 8 years ago
We all need hope daily. The anticipation that things will get better, that we're not caught captive forever in a bad situation.. things will improve. Hope.. Sometimes it's the only thing we have.
Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) almost 8 years ago

Lottie, sometimes hope is all we have left at the end of a dark day. Whether it's a call from your doctor or the news of another senseless school shooting. One of my favorite quotes is "Hope is a good thing... maybe the best of things." It's so true because many times it really is all we have left and that small bit of hope makes it possible for us to move forward and face another day. And as you point out, hope empowers us and strengthens us. Thank you for your beautiful thoughts and pictures.

Posted by Nancy Laswick, Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun (United Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Having a camera in hand makes hiking a more enjoyable experience.

Enjoy the holidays and be sure to have your camera in hand to capture the special moments.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 8 years ago

Lottie, You know exactly what to say at exactly the right time, and your pictures speak a thousands words.  Thank you so much.

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) almost 8 years ago

Thank you for understanding my thoughts about hope, my struggle to focus on hope. Cara, I had to smile at your comment; it took me 2 days of reeling with shock before I could activate my mind, and another one before I could speak. But, no longer will I be silent.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 8 years ago