I found a new park today! Riverbend Park is located just north of Great Falls. I stumbled upon it by accident when running along a new trail in GF and suddenly there was a dam in the middle of nowhere. Awesome! It was so serene on one side, and turbulent on the other. I had my little zen moment as I always do when I find myself out alone in nature, then noticed I wasn’t the only one pondering deep thoughts. It seems I was struck by the same philosophical query as the writer of the information plaque:
A delicate balance exists between the scenic natural beauty and the dangers that lie within.
What draws you to this place?
Woah. I was not looking to delve into my internal dark side on this Sunday evening jog, but touché plaque, what does draw me to this place?
Running is not just exercise for me, it’s a mental massage, a soul soother and an adventure. I need it to feel balanced throughout the week and ache for it - literally! I ache in my bones when I haven’t run in more than two days and my mind gets all muddled with pointless concerns. So it’s kind of like I’m the turbulent side of the dam when I start my run, and end up serene when I’m all done. I didn’t get that Liberal Arts degree for nothing ;)
Forever forward this shall be known as my Dam Running Route.