Every Town Needs a Trail

January 26, 2009 at 2:22 pm 2 comments

Every town needs a place where someone can have a special connection and camaraderie with their city and with others.  Where, in a city of over a million people, can a person escape and find nature, peace, joy, determination and courage?  For the last eight years, that place for me has been the Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail in Austin.

As I ran on the trail last weekend during my brief visit back to Austin, memories flooded back of the first time I ran seven miles and thought that was the furthest I would ever run, of friendships that developed over miles of running along that dusty trail together, and of the personal challenges I met or contemplated while on that trail.  I love that while on the trail I feel immersed in nature yet in the heart of downtown.  I love that I always see someone I know, either by name or just a familiar face of a fellow-trail runner.  I love that I know some parts so well I could run it with my eyes closed, yet it always offers surprises at every corner…a sudden notice of the calm water or seeing the season’s first wildflower bloom.

I don’t think I have found my “trail” in Sacramento yet, literally or figuratively.  In the literal sense, I have found 1 mile of trail surface where my joints get a break from the pounding and I feel safe to run solo, but I realized this trip that the trail in Austin meant more to me than just logging miles.   It was a place where many of my relationships were started and nurtured, where I processed life, where I set goals and challenged myself, where worlds crossed boundaries and I had a shared connection with folks whom I might not otherwise meet. 

I am on the lookout for my Sacramento “trail”, in whatever form(s) it may present itself!


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  • 1. hilstreet  |  January 27, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Every town needs a trail, and every girl needs a trail too. God speed on finding yours! You know I am thinking about you!

  • 2. cooperella  |  February 2, 2009 at 10:55 am

    great post!! The trail is such a special place… I’m really thankful for Lady Bird & all those who had the vision to make a trail for the city. I wonder if they ever knew how many lives it would touch & in what a special way…

    glad you were able to come back and enjoy it again! I hope you find something in Sacramento that will fill that void. 🙂


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