My 7-mile run this morning was full of bugs, buffalo (well, bison I suppose) and a bit of a stench (from rotting brine shrimp). For those of you that live in Utah you’ve probably already correctly guessed that I was on Antelope Island. For where else can you enjoy a million bugs at the end of September while watching out not only for bison on your path but more importantly their pies they leave behind.
Honestly, I wasn’t too thrilled with the fact that I had buffalo crossing my trail, but in the end I guess it was I that was crossing theirs.
Why would I run here you ask? Well, for one thing its less than 15 minutes away from home; you could say in a sense its almost in my backyard. But more importantly I wanted to get on some trails. I just ran the Dirty Dash 10K up in Soldier Hollow near Midway, UT, and forgot how much I missed trail running. So today I had to find a trail – no matter what it took. And with a tight schedule today I settled for the closest trails I could find.
You have to admit, the scenery is beautiful. Though I would prefer a trail through the forest enjoying the cool of the day, the grasslands paint a beautiful picture.
So the question of the day – what do you do about the bison? You learn to keep your distance and enjoy a bit of off-trail fun.
Will I go again? I’m planning on another run next weekend – maybe a 7-8 mile run up around some of the higher elevations. But we’ll play it by ear and hope that maybe, just maybe the bison will have migrated to another section of the island and left those trails a bit more clear for a runner like me.
Running for Life…