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sea ranch

last week team thompson rented a house in sea ranch for four days to kick 2014 off in COMPLETE AND TOTAL ISOLATION. just kidding, we saw some other humans, but we had no cell or internet service so it was like that scene at the end of A Christmas Carol where he doesn’t know what day it is when we got back to civilization…

Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 10.55.15 AMon saturday steph and i did our last scheduled 10+ mile runs before the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland® Resort. we have to take turns doing long runs because thor simply will not abide being in a stroller for 2 hours at a time. not even if we give him snacks.

the scenery at sea ranch is ridiculous, runs in places like this are the only time i regret not bringing my phone along to take photos. fog drifting in and out over the bluffs, changing sunlight, sparkling water, majestic trees, enormous ravens, girls running with lacrosse sticks (no matter how rad you think you are, there’s always gonna be someone tougher around to show you up), old ladies holding feathers, super happy kids and dogs bounding along…

i ran south along the bluffs down to black point beach, out to the cliffs overlooking the vast pacific ocean and did what anyone standing at the edge of the world surrounded by crashing waves, wind and the screams of seabirds would do: i peed off the cliff.

detail view of the cliff edge incident, as highlighted by the red line at far left.

detail view of the cliff edge incident, as highlighted by the red line at far left.

on the trail out to the point there’s a sign with various warnings about crumbling bluffs, rogue waves, etc. my favorite is “never turn your back on the ocean.” i always imagine the next line is “because you might miss seeing something really cool right before it kills you.” just to show how invigorated and daring i was feeling, i flipped the bird at the ocean as i turned my back on it and headed back the way i came.

growing up, my family vacationed at sea ranch a lot. it’s been a few years since we were last there and haven’t gotten any bigger (OK, taller) but everything, even the cliffs, seemed smaller to me anyway. it occurs to me that relative shrinking is a function of getting older, not bigger. i’ve seen more of the world and have new context to place this particular location in. i used to run around exploring the woods, bluffs and beaches for hours, now i realize i was only covering a mile, maybe 2 on each foray. now i can cover 12 miles in under 2 hours if i try to… it’s kinda sad, kinda sweet, but i’m super happy to start making new memories there, with my son.

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3 Responses to sea ranch

  1. Cee Cee January 7, 2014 at 5:06 am #

    Sounds like an amazing trip! It’s always great to go offline for a few days.

  2. Jeff O January 16, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    peed off a cliff and flipped the bird to the ocean… solid vacation!

  3. Donna Martinez December 30, 2016 at 6:30 pm #

    Let us know when you’d like to go for another run! The trails that run in front of our home are simply fabulous. Give us a ring and we’d be happy to have you!

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