Sometimes, the things seen on my run are just as important as the run itself. Right now, the miles are pretty awful, due to the heat, humidity, and bugs, so I want to take a moment to focus on some of the things seen on my run that make me smile.
I am very fortunate to live close enough to the beach that I can run there weekly. There just something incredible about the dunes and sea oats, the jetty and the salt air. I appreciate the sound of the waves, and getting so see dolphins fairly regularly. It’s soothing to the soul.
Hot Air Balloons
At least once a week, a hot air balloon cruises over our neighborhood. In fact, the morning, the balloon struggled with altitude and looked like it was about to come down on our house! I all these years, we’ve never flown with this balloon operator, but he may be worth looking up. No matter what, I always smile when I see them high overhead.
We have a lot of wildlife in our area. Some of it is really cool (otters and dolphins, for example). Some of it is is a little more unique. There is something pretty special about seeing an actual living dinosaur in the waterways along my run. I’ve even them swimming, snoozing, and even hunting. And I stay far, far away.
Flora and Fauna
Florida doesn’t have the same kind of flowers and vegetation in other parts of the country, but we do have some super vibrant flowers and plants. Sometimes, we get serious pops of color that just make runs so much more visually appealing. I always look forward to these days.
I may be biased, but think we get some of the most stunning sunrises. Nothing is quite as beautiful as seeing that sun come up over the horizon, especially if it involves water and clouds. We get the full range of colors and each one isi more breathtaking than the last.
Obviously, I judge each run by the dogs I get to pet. I will always, always stop to give pets, and the runs without dogs are the saddest days ever.
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