I am a planner. I always have been, and the trait has served me well. As much as a planner I can be, I have my times to be spontaneous. Over thinking art and the artistic process process has never worked well for me. Usually, I have better results if I jump right in, experiment with the materials, and see where it takes me. My approach to distance running is remarkably similar, which may be why art, running, and nature are so closely related in my mind.
Despite being told to 'limit my weight bearing activities' by my orthopedic, I still decided to go for a walk at J. B. Starkey Wilderness Park when home this Thanksgiving holiday. I cannot resist watching a good sunrise on the west coast. The problem that surfaced when I was waiting at the gate for the park to open was where? I am used to being able to meander across acres upon acres in just one outing, and then do it all again the next. This was my one shot.
Where would I make the most of my one morning here? The large field? Western horse trails? The big scrub? The 1.9mi loop? I went through all of my favorite shorter routes, but as soon as I stepped out my car and my feet touched the damp crushed shell lot, all planning disappeared.
I was drawn to the dark, more enclosed path with the thin rays of light just beginning to peak above the horizon. As if the forest knew I was coming, the morning was cool and clear, and a thin layer of fog nestled low amongst the lakes. This is my favorite kind of morning.
Just as I decided to take the short path to the edge of one of the many lakes, I stumbled upon a new trail. This path did not exist a few months ago, and somehow I found it on this one morning. The fairly wide trail meandered along the edge of the lake, and ended at a recent campsite. There was a small opening in the clearing. It was like a window made to watch the sunrise, so I did.
With just a three mile or so walk, I was thankful I could do what I love. Although I limited the distance, I was able to explore. I had my own adventure. It felt good. It was exactly what I needed. I had missed the freedom of running. Perhaps that is why when I am not running, I paint landscapes incessantly. I have a need for spontaneity. I cannot wait until I am once again able to fill that need with my brush and my feet.
Physical therapy begins tomorrow! Let's see what I am able to do...