Imagine you are on a walk or hike on narrow trail, do you prefer to be the lead? or do you prefer to follow? Perhaps you prefer to lead when you know the route, or maybe when you don’t know the route! You may like to follow more when you just want to relax and enjoy the view. In a recent hike on Tomales Point in Point Reyes National Seashore, we got into miles of Wild Radish blooming. The plants were not only extensive (and invasive) they were tall: waist, shoulder and over your head height. It was a great opportunity to ask…when to lead and when to follow.
There is something about having wild radish slap you on the legs, then shoulders and face that makes you reflect on when to lead and when to follow. At one point, I said…why don’t you go out front so you can see this amazing view of flowers over the ocean. Further along, someone said…I need a break from flowers in my face. One person even commented…do you mind going ahead of me, I don’t like the way being out in front feels on my legs in shorts.
Together we took turns as leaders and followers. [Read more…]