This post is written in segments. Different things are going on in my everyday world.
First thing: On August 19 I set a tiny figurine in the information kiosk at the Moredon Road intersection of the Pennypack Trail. I’ve used this spot quite often.
At this intersection, across the trail, here are these giant flowers in bloom. They are part of the garden the head ranger’s wife maintains.
Second thing: Today, on August 20, I visited the beaver pond. I went on a full moon walk last week on a beautiful summer night with a group at the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust and the topic of the beavers came up. The parents had two babies this year, according to the tour guide – and… there is a beaver cam set up to observe the lodge. In the future we might get to see footage from the beavers’ home – but not right now while they are living there, so as not to reveal the location of the lodge and put the beavers in danger from humans.
Here are some views of their domain on this late August day. We are beginning to see a little bit of fall in these scenes now.
Third thing: My Secret Ambition to run one more half-marathon is not going to come true. About three weeks ago I noticed the first signs of a stress fracture in my right foot – a bruise on the top of the foot and pain in a specific site on a metatarsal bone. I’ve had a stress fracture before and in that case, I ran through this stage, not knowing what the signs meant, and went on to have a much more serious case resulting in wearing a boot for 12 weeks.
So, the Ambition has topped out at 8.5 miles. I’ve rested the foot and this week went back to light running (the bruise is gone and there is no pain). So far so good. I’m still happy with the results: I got back into running shape, I did a very respectable distance, and I feel certain I will easily be able to maintain two-four weekly runs of 4-5 miles each. That’s fine with me.
In the end, I’m glad I’m still on my feet and moving.
Fourth thing: Speaking of moving, remember the Little Not Traveling Man from a week or two ago? In my stop at the beaver pond, I checked his site.
It looks like he has moved on. Best wishes in his new life!