A Trail Run In St. John's Wildlife Sanctuary
Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
91Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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Running is a bit of an obsession for me, and over the past four years I have found myself bouncing along through a multitude of landscapes, in a variety of conditions, within a foray of countries.
Running is not so much about toning my exterior as it is about sculpting my mind... as my system flushes with endorphines, adrenaline and other bodily drugs I find myself intoxicated as I glide along the undulating landscape, moving closer to the goal that I have set within my first few gliding steps.
While visiting my wife's side of the family in central Minnesota, I woke early one morning to go for a trail run through a quiet patch of forest... a few miles down the road from the farm we were staying at.
Strewn throughout a few heavily wooded hills in central Minnesota lies a nature sanctuary, set aside and protected through the mindful insight of a handful of Benedictine monks that happened upon a restful lake in the mid 1800's... while searching for a rural setting for their "New World" monastery.
My run through the monk's nature arboretum was both invigorating and peaceful, as I dashed down the undulating hills to get a bit a jump on the ensuing inclines.
Multiple white-tailed deer dashed across my path, an array of forest dwelling birds sang their early morning songs, broken only by the warning splash of a beaver's tail as I dashed past it's tranquil backwater home.
While walking off my run, I took fresh notice of the world around me... grabbing my camera from the car I froze a handful of treasures with a few clicks... a smiling moth, a placid graveyard, a lakeside chapel...