Wow. I've been tracking my running and biking miles at G-maps Pedometer but at a relatively-low zoom level to save time. For some reason, to map yesterday's 8-mile run, I zoomed in closer and discovered I have been running on the Blue Ridge Parkway almost since I crossed into North Carolina! I just stumbled on it accidentally, following my nose, choosing roads that lead me more or less southwest towards Panama City Beach. I'm glad I looked closer.... I've been so intent on logging miles that I haven't paid any attention to the scenery. How many, many times does that happen to all of us?
Lately, though, back home in real-life Western Maryland, I've been unable to miss how lovely it is. Biking and running, I can't get over the greenness. The woodland backroads are encased left, right, and overhead in the most amazing shade of green. I can't get over the fragrance: a mixture of pine, hemlock, ferns, wild roses, moist mouldering dark earth. I can't get over how fast the fawns are growing: Memorial Day weekend I took a picture of one that wasn't much bigger than my cat. Now they're as tall as Journey, who is the size of a smallish Labrador Retriever, although the fawns aren't nearly that stocky, and spring nimbly after their mothers. I see some nearly every time I'm out.
When you're out there, wherever you are, logging the miles on your bike or your running shoes.... don't forget to zoom in and be where you are.