After spending a week in Michigan Bluff I am reminded how much I love the California foothills. Single track trails up the kazoo. Gold rush history. Canyons. Rivers. Crazy weather swings: mid 70s sunny weekends with snow/rain/hail in between. Friendly people. I’ve thought a lot about whether I could move back to the area where I grew up. I’d really like to be a Californian except:
10. I don’t want to lose my ability to drive in snow. “Craig, I don’t want to be a pain, but my car is slipping in Foresthill. Will you come pick me up?” “Sure, Victor.”
9. I don’t want to lose my ability to run in the rain. Ok, so it does rain hard when it rains here, but why is it such a big deal to go out and run when it rains here? I run all the time in the rain in Oregon and seldom think twice about it, but when I get to California and it rains I’m a wimp.
8. I don’t want to run on the WS trail so much that I tire of running Cal St, the canyons, or the river to the finish.
7. I’m not sure I want to live in a state where the people elect actors to run their government.
6. I don’t want it to feel normal to leave ribbons on the trail. Come on event organizers, let’s take the ribbons down after events.
5. I don’t want to pay $10 to park. What’s up with all these parking fees at what appear to be random areas? Driver’s Flat is $10, but the parking area on the road is free? What am I not understanding?
4. I’d probably eventually realize that those yellow shorts that Matt Keyes wears are indeed ugly. But right now, I still want those yellow shorts.
3. I don’t want to live in a state that closes it’s parks. What’s up with canceling races that would pay permit and parking fees?
2. I like doing full days of trail work. I’m definitely into the bbq’ing, but not until after I’ve at least worked up a sweat and gotten a blister or two.
1. I love Oregon, too.