Pamela, whose dust has been hanging around for some time (apparently), is our host for this week's Fun Monday! Her challenge?
Show me in pictures or tell me in words what defines the place where you live.
Well, since Wikipedia seems to define the world for us, follow the link to see what THEY have to say.
This is a small exerpt. You will see why I pulled this out to highlight it in a minute:
Tallahassee is noted for its hilly terrain, and the state capitol is located on one of the highest hills in the city.
Pines, magnolias and a variety of oaks are the dominant trees. Of the latter, the Southern Live Oak is perhaps the most emblematic of the city.
I was born here. I've lived here most of my life. We have marvelous attractions for those who keep nature close to their hearts, museums, a bit of culture, a lot of legislature, and for the most part, good people. But to live here is to know Tallahassee for mostly this:
Big trees. Rolling hills. It all sounds very beaucolic - and LOOKS that way too. I mean, what's not to like about "rolling hills"? We even have an apartment complex with that name.
Ever since I decided to strap on the running shoes, I've been looking at my little piece of the world a little differently. Rolling hills are lovely and gentle when you're riding a long on four wheels - or even two. But when you're walking them, it can be a different story. The pictures are deceptive. Because OUR rolling hills are made out of clay, their up and down-ness is a bit more... up and down. Even when you're walking them, you think it's a nice long, gentle slope, but NO!!! By the time you get to the top, you're huffing and puffing and your legs are all a-quiver and you're thanking God that there's a downhill side to all of this. Except downhill is nearly as difficult as the uphill side - gravity is helping you every step of the way and your hamstrings let you know it.
So maybe now you can understand my consternation when I read of a half-marathon race I was thinking about doing in a year or so. This is part of the racecourse description:
Described by past participants as a beautiful course with plenty of fresh air and rolling hills, the race takes runners along a loop course through the 13,000-acre resort’s neatly manicured gardens, bicycle trails and woodlands. The hills can be challenging in some spots, but the abundant scenic beauty helps take your mind off any difficult uphill and downhill stretches.
Gentle rolling hills my foot.
At least I can get plenty of practice around here!
Go visit Pamela and see what defines everyone else's neck of the woods.