Less than twelve hours after returning from our
mini-adventure to Oregon, Apryle and I were packing for a week back home with
our families, a wedding and a twenty-four day excursion in Peru. On top of
that, the very day that we would return from Peru, we needed to be ready to
move out of our apartment in Shoreline and drive to our new home in Tonasket.
Hibiscus at Parents House
of these major life moments were culminating in a matter of one month and we
were both excited and stressed. We spent the entire day prioritizing, packing,
and planning until it was finally time to depart to the SeaTac Airport. I went
for one last run to Richmond Beach as a way of capping off our six month stint
in the city north of Seattle.
Dad & I After Cutting
After a nine month absence, I finally made the return visit
back to my birth place of Tiffin, Ohio. More importantly I would be seeing my
family for the first time since December in Austin, Texas. I was excited about
every aspect of the trip except for leaving Apryle who was bound for Harrisburg
to visit with her family prior to the wedding. Our plan was to spend a week
with our families then reunite at Raccoon Creek State Park, the geographical
midpoint of our childhood homes and the destination of our wedding.
Birding at Garlo
I arrived in Cleveland early in the morning and was greeted
by my parents who came with a car full of snacks. We chatted the whole way home
and reminisced about the old undergrad days and the drives up to Berea (I lived
less than two miles from Hopkins International during college).
Old School Long Run Route
Home was how I remembered, beautiful green grass, impeccably
groomed landscaping, meticulously precise masonry work, and a 32x16 swimming
pool on the south side of the house. My parent's dogs Sybil and Gidget ran out
to greet us and I was feeling quite at home already.
Mom Walking in Garlo NP
The first order of business was to get in solid ten miler on
my old standby route, County Road 16 to Township Road 151 to County Road 6 to
County Road 19 and back to County Road 16. Dad hopped on the bike for the first
time in about six months and joined me just like the old days. It felt good to
be back on my home streets and after the run mom and I went for a cool down
walk with the dogs. This was essentially the way my week visit back home was to
play out for its duration.
Garlo NP Trail
Life was good, a nice break from the daily grind. I
continued to run at my favorite spots, cool off in the pool, work around the
yard and visit with friends and family. Dad and I ran/biked our Sandusky River
Long Run Loop, making it the only long run route I have completed every year
since starting my crazy obsession.
The strange siting of the Dead Carp
Mom and I walked at Garlo Nature Preserve
and ran wedding errands. Dad and I took a walk up to the woods behind the house
and cut up some fallen trees for the wedding center pieces and mom and I worked
on deserts for the wedding (well mostly mom).
Mom at Garlo NP
I was able to run at my old practice track at Heidelberg
College and at my dad's kingdom, the Tiffin Stadium track. I did a tempo run at
Hedges Boyer Park around the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival Course. I put in
some loops at Forrest Nature Preserve; the best trail running Seneca County has
to offer. Mom and I circumnavigated Garlo Preserve near Bloomville which was a
great adventure full of birding, trails, and dead carp.
Lake at Garlo NP
Finally, the day before
the wedding dad put together a mini bachelor party with two of my groomsmen
Goose and Bowers. We relaxed by the bonfire and watched the Cavaliers in the
NBA finals en route to winning the Championship (a dream realized).
Dad Carrying Gidget Home
It was a memorable visit home and though I was sad for it to
end, I could not help but be excited about the wedding, the Peru trip and the
move to our new home in Tonasket.