Summer's Arrived and We Still Don't Have Snow

Saturday, May 26, 2007
Always a good sign!

I had a bit of a wake up call this morning when I realized it's almost June. That means only 2 1/2 months until the marathon. Yikes! I'm still quite unprepared and I'm not just talking about training. I need to get some good walking/running socks, gel inserts for my shoes to help cushion my arthritic toes, new walking shorts, and a jacket. Plus I have to plan the family BBQ scheduled for that evening, collect money from everyone, and make lunch arrangements for our group of "marathoners" the next day so the girls can get ripped on Caesars and pig out on delicious food as a well deserved reward!

So, to get some training in and a purchase or two, I headed out early this morning (but not too early) and planned to walk to the Running Room. I started out along the river valley, looking down upon the Victoria golf course. They've opened up the cricket pitch now that the weather is finally agreeable but no one was out yet. The walk to the Running Room, if I chose to take the quickest most direct route, includes crossing the High Level bridge. It can be a bit daunting if you've never been across it before or if, like me, you're deathly afraid of heights. I've crossed it before but it still makes me uncomfortable until I get out over the water.

Perhaps part of what makes me nervous is that they have wire fencing that extends upwards about 5 feet from the top of the sidewalk railing in only 2 spots...the two spots that happen to be directly over top of the roads below. You see, the city isn't worried about all the people who jump off the bridge. No, they're just worried about people jumping onto the roadways and disrupting traffic. Go figure... Once you get up on the bridge the view is spectacular. Made it to the running room and picked up a great light, slightly water repellant jacket (red and black) for summer/fall walking. Awesome.

Does anyone know what kind of trees these are? The flowers on them look, to my eye, almost exactly like lilacs except they're white. They smell fabulous and they're everywhere.


Wandering Coyote said...

Lilacs come in white, too.

Gardenia said...

Might be honeysuckle. Sweet, sweet smell that fills the air?

Is your area like Wyo? Two seasons, winter and next winter? Joking, it does appear that spring has finally made it to your neck of the woods.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We have some white lilacs. Everything sure smells great right now, doesn't it?

Beth said...

Honeysuckle being the national weed of NC, I am pretty certain the flowers in that picture are not on a honeysuckle plant. But that's a good guess and they're really pretty, whatever they are.

(Having flashbacks of 'eating' honeysuckle as a child. And later teaching my nephew how to do it. Wow.)

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