"For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it." ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Fool Creek Run

During the "Wild Running" phase over the winter I got to looking at the creek that runs through our local trails and thought, "that is another trail that is always overlooked".  I decided to run it, and while I could get people to follow me off the trail up and down steep ravines through deer trails, over and under fallen trees, they balked at the idea of getting their feet wet in the cold.  I assured them it would be okay, but there were no takers.  I waited patiently for a good time to do it, and finally decided that today would be the day.  I let a few people know about my plan and my friend Jim was the only one to show up.  I didn't know what it would be like down in the creek since we really only get glimpses of it as we run high above it on top of the ravine.  It's one of those things that could have gone either way.  Either way though it would be a good adventure.  We ran a little over 5miles on the regular boring old trails and then descended into the creek.  Jim had said he was feeling lousy and was going to pass on the creek part, but he followed me in without hesitation.  We ended up not running the creek from end to end because the going was getting really tough as we were also trying to clean out some of the garbage.  I had my water bottle, camera, and a bunch of garbage including a glass Clorox bottle in my hands, which made some of the log jams really difficult to cross safely.  When we decided we couldn't carry any more trash we headed up and out.  Next time I'll bring bags or leave the trash.


  1. Sorry I bailed. So lame. Especially with such a perfect day for it.

    Last time I ran the trails I was thinking a trail clean up would be a good Cub Scout project. There was an awful lot of trash in the Big Woods.

  2. Nice pictures! What was that third one in with the nest looking thing with white bags in it?

  3. That is a giant nest with a pillow and blanket. I'm guessing an art project of some kind.