NYC Marathon: Ambling To Watch Running
Central Park is absolutely stunning.
Esau the dog and I had walked across the park to cheer on the marathoners as they passed El Museo del Barrio at Fifth Avenue and 104th Street. The runners were as brightly colored as the flowers.
A steady stream of humans just kept on flowing,
and the fans just kept on cheering and high-fiving.
After watching for a few minutes, the dog and I felt inspired to wonder if we could ever, just maybe, just possibly, not run, but walk a half-marathon.
Heading west again, we stepped back into the park and took a turn in the Conservatory Garden.
We chatted with a Parks employee, who told us the Garden weathered last weekend’s freak snowstorm relatively well.
Water lilies still bloomed in the pool in the English Garden.
From the central garden, we looked back toward Fifth Avenue where we could see the runners still streaming south on this final leg of their journey.
Roses bloomed in the French garden.
Leaving the Conservatory, we continued northwest, turning for a last look at the runners from across the Meer.
On our way home we passed miniature hockey players at the Lasker Rink.
We wound through the Ravine in the North Woods.
Esau drank from the stream,
and we felt as though we were far away from the city. Until …
we came upon a grate, just like the grates on any New York street, except that this one is rounded to fit the stream bed. Its presence didn’t diminish my pleasure, although it did remind me that all the parks I walk in on a regular basis are brilliant man-made creations, imagined, landscaped and continually managed. And yet not everything is controlled or planned. New shoots grow out of the top of this magnificent old stump like a spiked punk hairdo. Hmm. Maybe we can finish that half-marathon one of these days.
We left the park and its glories behind.
Ah, home again. Time to put our feet up, and have a good chew on an old stuffed animal.
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