Her bright orange petals were tucked in, close to her body, like a cape ready to unfurl. She stood tall and proud. A single, regal-looking California Poppy, mostly protected from the warm, late spring sunshine. She may well have been striving to be the last poppy standing, and I think she might make it! She … More Discovering a Whole New World, Just Outside My Back Door
Jake and I went for a run in an unfamiliar place today. The San Diego morning greeted us with warm, bright, happy sunshine. Always, when we’re on vacation, we plan morning runs; sometimes we actually make those runs happen! Today we didn’t have a solid route, just a general direction: turn left here, then right … More When Your Compass Needs Adjusting, Just Run!
The cutest little skunk joined us on our run today. Actually, I think we joined HIM on HIS run because we caught up as he moved (quite quickly for the short-legged guy) near the curb, against traffic, in what is normally my assigned running position. We live in a well-developed area, but you never know … More Running with Skunks
Zack recently finished his last high school cross country season, his fourth and final season at Stockdale High School. For our family, this wraps up eight years of cross country at Stockdale since his brother Jake also ran all four years. It’s the end of an era! Usually, though, when you think “end of an … More In This Family, Running is Our Lifestyle
A couple of years ago, while running the Whiskey Flat Trail Run in the mountains near the Kern River, I took my first (please let it be my last) serious fall while running. Like it tends to do during a fall, time slowed down and I felt like I was watching from above. I can … More Scar Sisters
The girls and I were out for a morning run recently, sharing stories about silly high school antics, like the time 30 years ago in marching band when my girlfriend Michelle, a “letter girl,” dropped the big, wooden letter “A” on her toe and broke it (her toe, not the letter). “Oh,” I exclaimed breathlessly, … More Embracing My Inner Geek, 30 Years Later