minnehaha falls and back
A cooler morning, an earlier start, better conditions for running. Not sure how much that helped, parts of the run still felt hard, but it was nice not to be sweating as much. Ran south on the river road trail to the falls. Stopped at my favorite spot — the overlook near the former fountain with Longfellow’s poem etched on the benches surrounding it — and put in my headphones. Listened to music on the way back. Mostly ran, but stopped a few times to walk.
10 Things I Noticed
- a recumbant bike
- a roller skier
- a tall-ish woman in black walking — I think I’ve encountered her in past summers, walking this same route
- the dirt trail was tightly packed with very dry earth between Becketwood and 38th
- the dirt trail was loose, sandy dust between 38th and 36th
- the river was completely hidden behind a veil of green
- 2 hikers with backpacks and hiking poles, emerging from the short stretch of trail that dips below the road right after the double bridge
- the falls were rushing over the limestone ledge, but were less visible, tucked in behind all of the green leaves
- no surreys or bikes-for-rent at the falls yet. When do they put them out?
- bikers on the dirt path: first, a young kid with a walking adult, next, a mountain biker
Don’t remember how I found it, but I’m very glad I did: an interview between poets Ross Gay and Tess Taylor discussing the connections between gardens and poetry. Here’s something from it I’d like to remember:
TAYLOR: It’s funny, too, because poems remind us that we live in breath, which also reminds us that we live in bodies. Poems are about breath. Poems are about sharing breaths, sharing little beautiful musical measures of breath.
GAY: That’s exactly right. Like, poems are made of breath. So poems are bodily in themselves. And when we read them to other people, they become part of other people’s bodies. Or when we read other people’s lives, the way they’ve constructed a poem, we’re breathing them.Here’s What Makes Poetry and Gardens a Perfect Pair
little beautiful musical measures of breath. Nice.
swim: 2 loops (4 little loops)
First swim at Cedar Lake! Calm, not too cold, water. Blue skies, a few clouds. Barely any problems sighting the buoys and staying on course. A great swim!