Saturday, February 6, 2010

Nature Trail

Our Saturday run - Bigfork Nature Trail. Two runners, 3 dogs. That's just about the right ratio. Perfect snow cover, just enough for the Yaktraks to dig into. Crazy dogs taking bites of snow as they run, and rolling on their backs to make snow angels. Something about snow brings out the puppy in all dogs.

The falling snow outlines the trees and shrubs. It's a comfortable 32 degrees. (Compared to running at 15 degrees with wind, 32 feels just fine.) We see a bald eagle, ducks swimming on the river, and our friends with their dogs. A Nature Trail run requires stopping for chats with fellow dog-owners. Some days, the chats add an extra five or ten minutes to the run, but that's part of the fun.

We've passed Ground Hog Day, but it's clear that we've got at least 6 more weeks of winter. Running in the snow. Running for fun.

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