|Grinnin' in the rain: early on day 4: on route to Mitchell...|
|Diane and I at Sleepy Gap on her day 3 of the ADVENTURE|
Elizabeth Mauske told a story about an unusual and sweet friendship between her mother and an old native Indian woman from Central America. The Indian woman would visit their home often. With each visit, she would give her mother some partridge eggs and berries as a gift. The lovely colorful clothing and coin necklaces the woman wore fascinated Elizabeth. She noticed her copper bracelets as they softly jingled on her arm.
The Indian woman only spoke Araucanian and her mother only spoke Spanish. Their conversation was minimal, but they would sit at the table, drinking tea and eating cake together with a smile and a laugh. They seemed to enjoy one another's company.
Elizabeth noticed each time the Indian woman would rise to leave that she would say the exact same words. With great curiosity, Elizabeth and her sisters memorized the phrase and quickly found someone who could translate Araucanian for them. When she found out what the Indian woman had said, she was greatly touched and said it was "the nicest compliment ever uttered." The Indian woman would rise from the table with a smile and say: "I shall come again, for I like myself when I'm near you."
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I was thrilled when Amy Hamm, one of Diane’s superheroish support crew emailed me and invited me to join Friday after work (the 15 mile portion closest to my home) and Sunday’s miles (a guide runner lost to a last minute work trip to Europe, I happily agreed to jump back in).
A BRIEF COMMENT ON SATURDAY'S EXPERIENCE before hitting the MST again on Sunday:
Saturday was spent running to and back, running event/cheering/taking photos at a local 5k fitness celebration, gardening, cleaning house, working on “school stuff” for a few hours. The following few photos document this day:
|Our local celebration of fitness!|
|Eventual allover winner, Dan McAuley warming up pre-5km|
|Enjoying post-race yummies...|
|Me and women's champion...( her name is on the tip of my tongue, yet I can't remember-yikes...oldness setting in for me?|
|D and A toasting the chill of some awesomeness from an on-route Dairy Queen. Yum!|
|After 45 degrees and rain for many days in the mountains, no wonder DQ was awesome!|
|Diane's 1st MST side walk...easier on blistered feet than muddy boulders!|
Next up for me? Possibly some more "trail guiding" sometime during this coming Memorial Day Weekend? Otherwise I plan to register for Black Mountain Monster 24. I had really hoped to travel to MN for FANS 24 the same weekend, yet the pocketbook reality set in and I am "state bound" for the next bit.