Thursday, July 23, 2015

Three Hundred Fourteen

July 23, 2015
7.02 Miles in 1:07:06
Mood: Finding steps pretty
Soundtrack: TV on the Radio "Dear Science" and "Seeds"

I was thinking today that I have been hitting the Highline Canal pretty heavily in the past few months. There is a good and a bad side to this...the good part of it is that it's a wonderful place to run and makes for some really nice outings free from traffic and streets, then downside is that my runs become somewhat repetitive and the opportunity for exploration is diminished.

As much as I love finding new and odd things to photograph and write about, the wonderful refuge of the trail usually wins out. I think I hit them harder in the summer because I know I can. Once winter hits, I often have to go weeks without trails, as snow causes my happy place to become muddy, messy, and completely unnavigable for long stretches of time. I do wonder: Do I find more interesting things during winter? Perhaps so, but I'm going to ride out this beautiful summer weather for as long as I can.

Today's picture came just as I was leaving the Highline Canal after just over four miles of almost exclusive trail running. There is a tiny little bridge that is largely covered with foliage that precedes this awesome set of stairs. If you don't know to look for it, it would be very possible to miss this exit from the trail. I think these stairs are a work of art, even though there is nothing overly remarkable about them, they just look cool in their setting.

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