Friday, August 7, 2009



I remember a hundred lovely lakes,
and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir
and cedar and poplar trees
The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk,
opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.
It has given me blessed release from care and worry
and the troubled thinking of our modern day.
It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.
Whenever the pressure of our complex city life
thins my blood and benumbs my brain,
I seek relief in the trail;
and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn,
my cares fall from me
-I am happy.

Hamlin Garland-McClure's, February 1899




Tomorrow I am running with friends on Mt. Tam and the Marin Headlands. I am going to try out my new trail shoes. They are the Saucony Progrid Guide trail shoe. I hope they feel as good as they look. Good luck to everyone running the Headlands 50 and 100 mile trail race. I think it is going to be a BEAUTIFUL day for a race!

3 comments:

JohnnyTri said...

Hi there!!
just saw your post and Thanks for luck on Headlands.. I ran the 50 and oh my, it was tough!! but made it!

how did your shoes work out?

rockon`

olga said...

Lovely pictures and words. And awesome trip with your son, I am jealous! Now, didn't you talk about surgery at some point?

DEANNA STOPPLER said...

Nice poem. Thanks for that.