Friday, November 11, 2011
By the time I reached the base of the big hill at mile 1.3, it was quite dark. Off to my right, a owl hooted to it's mate with no response. As I approached the campground entrance, my light picked up tiny glittering green lights in the grass by the road's edge. At first I thought it was dewsparkle but upon crouching in the gravel, I realized what I was seeing were the eyes of small ground spiders. I soon reached the open area by the Sand Lake parking lot, which was bathed in the full moon's light. I turned off my headlight and ran a short distance in the moonlight. I turned it back on as I rounded the lot at 2.7 miles for the run back. Glancing into the woods to my left, I was surprised by a pair of glowing eyes watching me, about 4 feet from the ground. I flicked on my new flashlight and realized it was a deer watching me about 20 yards off the road. Running back past the campground brought me the smell of woodsmoke and campfires visible through the trees.
Leaving the park, I did a little additional mileage to finish my run at 6.23 miles with a time of 1:05 under the shining moon. I grabbed my camera and took the photo above. This was a lot of fun and I'll definitely do it again.