run: 2.7 miles
Felt a little warmer today even though it was only 61 degrees. Sunny, quiet. A strange time, not quite fall but not still summer. Running south on the river road trail, I noticed a few slashes of red on the low lying leaves. It’s coming. I love this time of year and the turning of the leaves.
10 Things I Noticed
- The sewer at 44th had barely a trickle, the one at 42nd was a steady stream
- More uneven, shifting sidewalk on the paved part of the Winchell Trail than I remember. Entire slabs settling and separating
- A spazzy squirrel darted but didn’t cross my path. Climbed a tree instead
- Kids’ voices drifting down from the upper path
- The first part of the Winchell Trail that has rubbling asphalt was littered with leaves–signs of fall!
- An unleashed white dog, then an unleashed black dog, then 2 or 3 humans, crowding the narrow, leaning path
- Someone walking in the middle of the closed road
- Voices, then a woman holding a child at the edge of the gravel path near the ravine
- The river?
- The sign warning of a slight ramp at the end of the path detour near Beckettwood
swim: 1 mile
lake nokomis main beach
The buoys are still up! Warm but windy. Swimming into big(gish) waves heading south, riding on big(gish) swells heading back north. Saw lots of flashes below me. Fish or slants of light? Another metal detector dude was out there. He was hard core, in a wetsuit, choppy water up to his shoulders, and had a buoy to anchor him. I wonder what he found? Encountered one other swimmer taking on the waves and talked to someone about to swim at the beach when I was done. A good swim.
Other things I remember: A row of seagulls was at the edge of the water; a few sunbathers were on the beach; lots of kayaks and canoes and paddle boards with people standing and on their knees; the waves too high to see much of the other side or the beach.