A Trail Run In St. John's Wildlife Sanctuary

Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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Flag of United States  , Minnesota
Saturday, June 25, 2011


 Running is a bit of an obsession for me, and over the past four years I have found myself bouncing along through a multitude of landscapes, in a variety of conditions,  within a foray of countries.
Running is not so much about toning my exterior as it is about sculpting my mind... as my system flushes with endorphines, adrenaline and other bodily drugs I find myself intoxicated as I glide along the undulating landscape, moving closer to the goal that I have set within my first few gliding steps.  This intoxication refreshes the world around me... bringing into view the obscurities that often go unnoticed.  
While visiting my wife's side of the family in central Minnesota, I woke early one morning to go for a trail run through a quiet patch of forest... a few miles down the road from the farm we were staying at. 

Strewn throughout a few heavily wooded hills in central Minnesota lies a nature sanctuary, set aside and protected through the mindful insight of a handful of Benedictine monks that happened upon a restful lake in the mid 1800's... while searching for a rural setting for their "New World" monastery. Today one find's a private college neatly tucked into a naturalscape of water and woods surrounded by a quilted patchwork of pastures and farmed fields.   

My run through the monk's nature arboretum was both invigorating and peaceful, as I dashed down the undulating hills to get a bit a jump on the ensuing inclines.  
Multiple white-tailed deer dashed across my path, an array of forest dwelling birds sang their early morning songs, broken only by the warning splash of a beaver's tail as I dashed past it's tranquil backwater home. 

While walking off my run, I took fresh notice of the world around me... grabbing my camera from the car I froze a handful of treasures with a few clicks...  a smiling moth, a placid graveyard, a lakeside chapel... 

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