The two thoughts that struck me as I set out on my 7 mile run yesterday were:
- Damn, it’s cold!
- And wow, incredibly flat!
Odd, as flat and cold are not the two descriptions that come to mind when looking at this landscape.
However, on the valley floor the roads are as flat as a pancake and the thick fog that rolls in over the hills blocks the sun. It burns off around noon and the temperatures soar into the 80’s, but when I left the house I was in my stepmom’s borrowed long sleeve shirt and wishing I’d brough my running capris.
The food here has been more than I could ask for. My father and stepmom buy only the freshest and healthiest ingredients and for this I’ve teased them my entire life. Now that I’ve made these changes in my own kitchen, the trip represents the first time I’ve actually appreciated the spread they place in front of me. Organic yogurt, melon, berries, nuts, sprouted grains, coffees and teas. Yesterday the coffee did me in though, and on my run I had to stop at St. Joseph’s Lutheran Church and beg to use the facilities! Today, I’m sticking to nettle Tea. 🙂
My father took the photograph above on one of his projects. He’s a landscape architect, and I must say, Napa is the place to get those creative juices flowing. The arid landscape lends itself fully to beautification. In fact, it almost requires it. If a space isn’t masterfully designed and impeccably landscaped it’s just desert.
Today we’re going to the Marin Headlands for a hike, but first I have a run to get in. Cross your fingers I don’t freeze!