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What I Saw When I Ran Wednesdays

For those of you who read food blogs, you will often see a “What I Ate Wednesday” post. Same idea here, except it will be what I saw when I ran on Wednesdays.  So take a peek at what my orbs observed and then add your own experience!

Belleplain State Forest is a gorgeous tract of land that is just far enough off my commute route that I don’t manage to run there nearly enough. But at least one day every autumn the combination of fall colors and mild weather stirs within me the desire to veer off that 31 mile route and head a little west to this gem. As I ran through the trails and roads, I could not help but click through my Kodak carousel of memories – taking a nature walk with a group in my late teens when I was starting to realize that an environmental degree might be a better path for me, CLICK, a date with a delightful, but dirty,  fellow Carrie nicknamed “Pigpen” who made us a great meal in his campfire and introduced me to quinoa for the first time, CLICK, birding with another delightful and quite a bit cleaner fellow nicknamed GD who pointed out spring warblers as I struggled to keep up with his fast ID’s, CLICK, and today…

Horses!!

Belleplain has regular cute lil cabins, but if you wanna channel your inner nomadic central Asian, try a yurt!

Starting in the late 1970s, people started incorporating yurts into ski resorts, parks and the like. A fun alternative to a wood cabin, especially if you don’t like sharp corners or 90 degree angles 🙂

I was feeling tired during the run (whoa, peak marathon training is no joke) and just wanted to stop and get lost in these colors for awhile. So, I did 🙂

When I was a little girl, a major component of my dad’s “stranger danger” talks was to stay away from windowless vans. To this day, Lil Sis and I steer clear. I did not have a particular route in mind while running, but you can bet your bottom dollar, heck even your top dollar, that I ran the opposite direction of this van!

Every which way you looked, a new path beckoned you to run down it. I felt a little like a mouse in a maze, so many options!

The smell of a lake and fallen leaves in fall makes me feel like it is cross-country season. I miss Parvins on days like this!

I find roots to be very Halloweenie! Spoooooooky!

I spot some woodpecker’s favorite tree!

What was on your carousel today?

How was your run?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What I Saw When I Ran Wednesdays

For those of you who read food blogs, you will often see a “What I Ate Wednesday” post. Same idea here, except it will be what I saw when I ran on Wednesdays.  So take a peek at what my orbs observed and then add your own experience!

A late night at work tonight meant a morning run for me today. Yesterday’s crazy wind and stormy skies were still working their way out of Cape May when I ran, offering a cool breezy run that seemed to be yelling,  “Fall is coming, ain’t no way to stop this train! Chugga, chugga, woo-hoo-hoo!” ‘Twas a lovely run and here is what I saw:

New kicks! Sticking with the Brooks Glycerin. Loving the color of the 10s and the stretchy shoelaces are super fun. Fluffy ride on Day 1!

Hey buddy, cover up, your anthocyanins are showing! How scandalous.

Pumpkins on the brain! GD made these awesome pumpkin black bean enchiladas last night and I was looking longingly at this patch, wishing we could eat them again tonight! Yum!!!

Ohhhh, Lucy! The grapes are almost ready for you to stomp!

A mini-grove of persimmon trees by Lake Lily. Persimmon’s scientific name is Diospyros virginiana and now you have a way to impress your friends today!

Persimmon bark is super distinctive and easy to spot when you are out and about. The wood is hard and somewhat difficult to work with. This species can be used to make billiard cues, drumsticks, wooden flutes and longbows. Sidebar: I would like to meet someone that could utilize all those items, I bet that person would be a character!

Our native persimmon fruit is smaller than the cultivated Asian one you might see at a supermarket – but holy cow, just as delicious! You have to wait until it is ripe to eat, otherwise your mouth is in for a world of hurt, blech! It has crazy astringent properties when unripe… but when it is ready? Oh, man, watch out! The flavor is like nothing else I have tasted and has a tropical bent. This particular fruit was not long for this world and I enjoyed it immensely as I trotted around the lake!

What did you see on your run today?

Do you welcome fall with open arms or love it conditionally, knowing winter is just behind (notice that the only two options are loving fall – because let’s be honest, there can’t be anyone who lives in the northeast who does not dig this weather!)?

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