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Tales from my road trip: Lake Tahoe and Mono Lake

I just returned from a spectacular road trip through America’s West.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting photos and tales here:

Come on over and enjoy the trip with me. 🙂

Road Trip Day 1: Lake Tahoe and Mono Lake



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Sometimes we run…

TNT-Sep26-2013Sometimes we are a running team, sometimes we are an eating team, sometimes a  drinking team, sometimes we are a traveling team. Most of the time we are all of the above. Yesterday we were also a model team. 🙂

Some of my Team in Training running buddies met up yesterday for a team photo shooting. Well, it was a team run night, we slacked on the running front just a little as the photo shooting took a little longer than expected. But it was all good fun! I used the opportunity to also check out the panorama functionality on my iPhone. It turned out actually quite well, much better than I ever expected.

So this was our photo location at the South Bay:



The beautiful Redwoods

I am loving my photos from the Redwoods. So here I share another one. Enjoy!

I never saw a discontented tree.  They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.  They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far! 

~ John Muir

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Time out in the Redwoods

Two friends hiking through the magnificent Redwoods in the Big Basin State Park in California. A beautiful way to connect with nature and letting go of all things that weigh us down. What do you see when you look up these trees?

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
~ William Shakespeare

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We often forget to put things into perspective, the fight we had with a friend over something trivial, the complaint we had in the restaurant over the meat not being quite cooked the way we like it, the disappointment we felt over the supermarket not having our favorite brand of cereal… You all know them those silly things that we sometimes throw adult tantrums over.

Instead of being happy that we have friends who stay at our side in good and bad times. The fact that we have food on the table every day and never have to worry about it. And that we are lucky to have many choices.

Sometimes when we get upset we just need a little perspective.

The view of the Space Needle just showed me that – perspective can make something small or big. You chose where you stand.



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Big Sur

No other run to report since Tuesday last week. But I walked another two 3+ mile walks. I am even going out for another one of these later today. YEAH! Earlier this morning, I already did my foot/ankle exercises prescribed by my physical therapist. Now that I actually  feel the difference they make to my walking and running, I do them voluntarily. I am such a diligent patient.  🙂

I had a friend in town, so running took a backseat and we went for a short trip to Big Sur. What a beautiful coast line! It’s rugged and windy and I wanted to share one quick photo of me holding on to a rock to not be swept away at the aptly named Hurricane Point.

At Big Sur on a windy day or maybe it's always windy at Hurricane Point?

At Big Sur on a windy day or maybe it’s always windy at Hurricane Point?