There is nothing quite like a 6:30 am run alongside the Pacific Ocean. A gentle breeze. No humidity. Breathtaking vistas. Life does not get much better than this.
Now I may be a Jersey girl at heart but being in California this weekend for my brother’s wedding has helped me get back to my roots a little. After all I was born in Los Angeles which makes me a native. When I travel West it makes me yearn to pick up and move where the landscape is grander sparking a creative spirit within. Alas, a girl can dream a little and running in such a beautiful place here in Rancho Palos Verdes makes one think about dropping everything else and starting something new.
My head was clear this morning as I made my way first through the trail that began at the resort…a gorgeous place called the Terranea…then I jogged further to find the Pescadero Trail that took me down a steep incline to a rocky beach.
I stopped here to take a few photos and then slowly trudged my way back up (practically on my tip toes as it was just that steep). On the way up some men were heading down to fish. If they caught too many it would surely be a long haul back up the trail.
During the run I made sure to watch my step near the crumbling mountain’s edge. I also had the opportunity to see some wildlife including a rabbit hopping across the trail, pelicans trawling for fish and a snail inching its way through the sandy path (I saw the lines it left across the trail and was very grateful to see a snail and not a rattlesnake)!
As I inched my way back towards the resort I was happy and rejuvenated. What a great morning to be alive. To feel my legs move beneath me. To experience the beauty of this country we live in. A rave run like this helps to appreciate the little things in life all the more. Tomorrow is a big day for my family as my younger brother gets married and it’s so exciting to see the future that is before him and my wonderful soon-to-be sister-in-law. Before the manicures and pedicures and toasting and merriment, my run along the beautiful California coastline this morning offered an opportunity to reflect and thank God for all the blessings bestowed on my family. What a great start to the weekend ahead!