I felt the simmer this morning. The simmer of excitement that it was a beautiful morning and I had zero plans. In other words, it was a perfect day for a run!! I'm on a quest to find the fun and joy in running again and I think the perfect place to feel it is running on trails. The best place to do that in the city is in the Presidio!!
I've been meaning to see all of Andy Goldsworthy's art pieces he's installed in the Presidio. This one is Wood Line which is a sculpture about a quarter mile long made up of eucalyptus branches gathered from tree removals already happening around the city. The other pieces are called Spire, Tree Fall, and Earth Wall. I think you can see them all in a short 3 or 4 mile loop. I've seen Spire already so now I have Tree Fall and Earth Wall to see!
I'm not shy about my love for this part of San Francisco. The smell of the trees, the views of the fog, and the sounds from the boats... all of it is pretty damn magical.
The best part of it was that I just listened to music and didn't check my pace or distance at all. I felt relaxed even though parts of the run were steep and hard. When I see people in the city enjoying the trails, it makes me happy -- especially all the doggies!
We've had some light rain in San Francisco so the ground was soft and gooey but not muddy which was perfect, making it so you can smell all the good stuff! It wasn't early enough to see a coyote but it was certainly the right place to see one. They love the Presidio!
Before my run I headed out for breakfast with my lovely friend! We talked from the second she sat down until the second we broke away. I call her my spirit twin. She is one of the most interesting ladies I know and so smart. Breakfast/brunch is kind of a big deal in the city but I don't really buy into the whole $7 avocado toast scene :)
We ended up ordering the exact same breakfast right down to the coffee. She was telling me the story behind one of the exhibits I saw at SFMOMA the other day called The Visitors which was so incredibly beautiful that my words cannot begin to do it justice. You walk into a dark room and see a bunch of separate video screens...like a 360-degree view...and together they make really great music. They're each situated in a different room in this great big old beautiful home. It's Ragnar Kjartansson band and -- well -- you just have to see if for yourself if you can. We both may or may not have admitted to shedding a tear in that particular exhibit.
Sometimes getting the boys to put on shoes and take a trip to the playground is really hard, especially when they are in cozy pajamas and beg me to let them watch cartoons. But I know giving in to that means later on they will be bouncing off the walls!!
Jon found a skate park we've never been to in all the years we've lived here! It looked pretty cool though we forgot The Dude's skateboard.
And tonight it is family movie night featuring Lego Ninjago along with enough movie snacks to feed a small army.
I came across this old ad for Pony shoes starring Mary Lou Retton. For those of you who don't know her, she was the 1980s equivalent to Serena Williams as far as female athletes girls aspired to be. I loved watching gymnastics back then, and in fact my parents hung a set of plastic rings on one of the trees in our backyard so I could pretend to be Mary Lou in the Olympics. She was so cool and I cut my hair exactly like her. What ever happened to Mary Lou?
Tell me: Did you wear Pony shoes? I don't think I wore those but I do remember K-Swiss and Converse being in my closet.
What Olympic sports heroes are your favorites?
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