I got a couple stroller free runs in the past couple days. One went well, as I attempted to break out of my comfort zone a bit. Today’s run was a gnat infested horror. There’s a wetlands of sort in my ‘hood. It probably started as a pond, but is now somewhat of a drainage area, but still remains covered in dense vegetation, lots of water and lots of water birds. I am guessing it cannot be developed and so a nice little paved trail cuts through it. It takes me a few miles to get there, run it, and run home, so the whole deal makes a nice little run. I see lots of water birds, and deer, so it’s really pretty. I’m really big on searching these kind of areas out for my runs, and I like that my neighborhood has 3 such little paths I can use. We got a lot of rain last week, and the gnats are completely out of control. It was like running in a sandstorm, and I had to cover my nose and mouth the whole time. I cannot stand gnats going up my nose as I run. Gross! It was so bad I am doubtful I’ll run there anytime soon. I wiped my face off really good on my way home, but got home and discovered a ton of gnats in my hair and on my arms. Ick.
My little trips into urban forestry make me really excited for it to cool off a bit. Jasp is a much different kid than a year ago, and I think we’ll get a lot more out of hiking trips. It’s not super fun to spend a day in nature in 99 degrees, so it may wait a couple months, but I am pretty confident he’ll really get a lot out of it. Almost there…..just August and September and then fall is here!
And, yay for the Olympics next week! Can’t wait to watch the marathons!!!