To help me get in my runs we will often go out with Sarah on the bike as I run. As these first two photos display, she can never resist the opportunity to stop and take photos of whatever wild life we come across. Often she will take so many photos that as I go to make a turn off the path, meaning that
It is most likely vanity of some weird kind but I simply cannot resist adding some of these breathtaking photos Sarah has taken of me running down here (the views, not me - I'd love these photos with anyone running in them). The way they have created this path directly between two bodies of water really generates a special feel as one makes their way across it, no matter what mode of transport is used. There is a sense of being transported to a time and place where people focus on entirely different aspects of life. This path has been crafted out with an artistic passion that enables a person to enjoy more than whatever it is that drew them out to the journey in the first place. As a runner I find myself smiling uncontrollably due to the beauty of the nature and animals around me. A number of times Sarah and I have had to pause and simply be still at some point along the path. It has always been a goal of mine to merge my daily running and my relationship with God. While it is naturally fairly easy to find yourself praying while pushing the body through physical stress, it can at the same time feel quite arbitrary and petty. Running down these paths, however, I find the coupling of these two aspects of my life seamlessly happening before I am consciously aware of it. As opposed to prayers of supplication and intercession which I am usually more prone to pray on a run, there is a vast outpouring of thanksgiving and adoration which naturally are drawn outward - almost as if nature is offering a quick and steady connection to the Creator. A flood of emotion, nostalgic events and memories, Scripture, and joy break free in a mingled offering as a response of broken thanksgiving, running in the hope of living a redeemed life.
While on the topic of running, we are now three 5k's into the seven 5k series and it has been quite a fun way to get out and among the people. Sarah even recruited one of the folks she works with to come out and run the series as well! No matter where you are living it's a good idea to find some cheap local run/walks and just jump in them. It's such a fantastic way to be out in the community and it of course also great for your health!
One of the goals that Sarah and I have made for ourselves is to complete as many of the local/regional walks as we can while we are here. We have a guide map book that has them listed which makes it quite easy to move through them and check off each walk as we go. Surely we will revisit some from time to time (especially when some of you come to visit), but at the same time there are so many that it does seem almost crazy to do the same ones too often except for convenience or time. The photos that you will see below (and even one video - it's the first one I am attempting to upload and if it seems to work well we will actively try to take better videos to make this blog a little more interactive and fun - so forgive me if this one is not the best) are from the rest of a
|(I am probably not supposed to add this photo b/c Sarah does not look|
just perfect but she always looks great to me! Plus we hiking y'all.)
Please scroll down and enjoy the photos! Hopefully next time we will have some great shots of the new digs.
|(You cannot see much of a trail but this is about twenty minutes in when we stopped to look back...wow)|
|(Do you notice a theme? Doesn't matter how much drift wood or rocks or how cold, Sarah loves beaches!!)|
|(We have not spent much time around rocky beaches and we love the loud and hard crashing of the sea - so cool. I was also pretty proud of some of my rocky jumping and quick movement to get to this position - easily impressed)|
|(Not sure why there are not any houses out here? Goodness. I am sure it gets quite quite windy but I think we could manage with the views you're getting)|
|(We ended up just walking the rest of the original hike we had done before - so we have been to this spot - whale watching point - before. We had to sit and see if any whales swam by. None did, at least none that came up for air)|
(An attempt at getting the first video fixed up - see what happens)