When hiking at Catcoctin Mountain Park in Maryland, I felt like everything was easy. There were some rocky paths and steeper climbs, but I was just enjoying it so much that I didn’t notice the difficulty of the terrain or the 8 miles we walked. The things I noticed were the beautiful scenery, the great weather, and having good conversations with a friend. It’s easier to notice all the good things when you’re in a better mood, and I noticed these really cool flowers once we returned to the trailhead after a great hike.
My travels took me to Baltimore this weekend. It was threatening to rain, but it held out and became a beautiful, sunny weekend. Federal Hill has always been one of my favorite places to view the city. The park at the top of many steps is a great place to sit in the shade and take in the skyline and watch the people being active at the harbor. The skyline view is much nicer at night from this angle, but you can see a lot of the factories and old industry that is a huge part of Baltimore’s history, including the Domino Sugar sign which is a local icon.
I’ve been working for Flo-Foto, a company that photographs running races like The Color Run, for a while now. One of the opportunities the job provides me is traveling a lot and seeing the sun rise in new, beautiful places all the time. This weekend was my last race for the year while we wait for the warm weather to return. We were in the parking lot at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. Those of you who are sports fans might know the area as the home of the Cardinals and the Orioles. For me, it was just another parking lot with a beautiful sunrise over the empty space that would soon be filled with thousands of runners covered in colorful powder. Here’s to a good year of races and more to come!