Thursday, January 21, 2021

Twelve Hundred Twenty-Nine


January 21, 2021
7.76 Miles in 1:21:40
Mood: Sad
Soundtrack: The Head and The Heart "The Head and The Heart"

My favorite tree in the world has been cut down, and I am sad. I called it the wizard tree and I have taken a LOT of pictures of this tree starting on December 5, 2014.  I have taken pictures of things in it's mouth, last summer I removed about 50 toys that someone had started placing all over it because I didn't like the way it made my favorite tree look trashy. I have pointed the tree out to others whenever I'm with them near it. I loved that tree, probably more than I really realized until today when I ran past it and saw that it was gone. It hit me like a punch to the gut. It's silly to get emotionally devastated by the removal of a tree, but I was. I was legitimately sad. My tree is gone. This photo is it's stump. This stump makes me sad.

I saw the perpetrators of the tree removal. There was a crew that was on the trail with like three trucks and tree cutting equipment. It looks like they are removing a LOT of trees. I'm guessing that thus far they have felled maybe 20, and it looks like more are on the chopping block. I'm sure there is a good reason for this, but since I don't know it I was thinking of them as tree murderers, and I did not like them as I ran past. Honestly, this whole section of trail feels WAY different with so many large trees being removed. It makes me sad, even if it's likely necessary for some reason. 

I will get over this and eventually I may even be okay with losing the wizard tree, but today I am bummed. 

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