January 18, 2009

Sunday Rambles

Lady Mac above Canmore. The treed ridge on the right skyline is the running trail. The Tea House is located in the saddle just past treeline. From the car to the Tea House is about 3100 ft.

The best thing (other than the fame) about keeping your own blog is that you can write whatever the hell you want. So being that it's Sunday and that we're perched on the edge of the week that was and the week that will be, I'm going to let myself go off on something other than climbing and skiing.

There aren't too many activities that get my mind racing like running or skiing uphill. Sometimes I carry a notebook and a pen to record whatever flows through my otherwise empty head, but usually I am too lazy. Today was no different. I ran up to the Tea House on Lady Mac. I thought about... stuff. And I forgot most of it by the time I got back to the car. Somehow though, in spite of celebrating Ross Berg's birthday in Banff last night and sleeping on my buddy Ali's floor, I managed drag my carcass up the slippery trail in under one hour.

What I do remember thinking about on today's run was Leonard Cohen. As a young kid growing up in Montreal and reading the Favourite Game, it's hard not to be partial to the man. For those who aren't familiar with the name, Leonard is one of the most respected writers, poets and songwriters to come out of Canada. Of course, like many Canadian talents, he has not received the recognition at home that he has garnered abroad. I guess it's hard to compete with other Canadian Greats like Celine Dion and Nickelback... Anyway, if you have a few minutes and want to gain some insight in to the man (as well as a chuckle), you can check out this article from the New York Times. If you liked that, chew on this one from the French Publication Inrockuptibles. The CBC Archives are also a good place to watch interviews and hear some music. And just in case you think I'm crazy for being in to Leonard's music, know that he was recently inducted in to the rock n roll hall of fame. Amazing really when you consider that his voice is what I imagine a 200 pound lemon might sound like if it could sing.

The walk in to Haffner.

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