I felt at a loss where to run this morning. I’ve had too much of Aliso/Wood Canyons, its shady groves, spring flowers, creek crossings and wretched climbs and descents to and from the ridge. I’ve had about enough of Arroyo Trabuco trail too, with its multitude of creek crossings, lush groves and relatively flat terrain. This morning it was, “Ho hum, where do I run?”
I suspect hubby could tell that I was approaching the door to the blues. I’m guessing that’s why he handed over his debit card and said, “Get some gas and go run in the mountains.” I took it in a heartbeat (I have yet to get the bank to get my own debit card). But then I took so long getting out of the house, I opted for something entirely different – a run in Crystal Cove and Laguna wilderness. This time though, I didn’t pay the exorbitant cost of the toll road. I took the long way and drove through Laguna Beach.
Wonderful Laguna Beach.
Many, many years ago, before our three boys were born, I drove every day through Laguna Beach to get to my job in Irvine. Oh, how I longed to be one of those wanderers strolling along the boulevard as I drove bumper-to-bumper, puffing cigarette smoke out the open window of my Toyota Corolla. The Greeter, the original greeter, an endearing old man, stood on a corner and waved at me every single day as I drove by. He waved at everyone. For years. And years.
This morning as I drove though this town, I couldn’t help delight in the idea that I am one of those wanderers now (not exactly how I imagined, but I am). The greeter is no longer on this earth. But a larger than life statue stands on the road replicating his wave. In front of that statue, stood another man this morning. He wore a red coat as he waved at the drivers moving along Highway One. Sure, he wasn’t the original. But he put a smile on my face, just as the original greeter had so many times.
Oh ya! Lest I forget . . . I ran today. I made a three-ridge loop (with a connector trail along the way). Though I was still tired from yesterday, I enjoyed every perspire of sweat.
First, I ran along Bommer Ridge, high about the Pacific Ocean. It’s a mainly downhill ridge, rolling though, with some up’s.
After Bommer Ridge, I hopped onto El Moro Ridge. It’s more rolling than Bommer, and heads directly toward the ocean. I spied many coyote and bobcat tracks. I explored the campgrounds. And I stopped to photo this green meadow:
From El Moro Ridge, I took B.F.I., which stand’s for Big F’ing Incline. For me it was all down hill. I stopped for at bit at the WWII bunker. Ate my snack there as I gazed down at the Pacific. Then I was off again, headed for the BIG rolling climb up No-Name Ridge.
I took no pictures (prisoners?) from No-Name Ridge. I found the climb quite taxing. I ran when I could. When the ascents were too steep, I practiced my power hiking. In all, I covered 9.82 miles on this loop. And as usual, I believe I’m better for it.