I have been running the trails at Hodges Village Dam for almost 20 years. The Army Corps of Engineers maintains a flood control project that encompasses about 1200 acres, full of trails for running, hiking, mountain biking, motorcycle riding, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Over the years I have run on sunny summer days, and in rainstorms, blizzards, droughts, and floods.
I have watched a huge construction project to build an impermeable core in the dam, seen logging done, and watched the water level go up and down. I have met some interesting people: runners, hikers, skiers, bikers, motorcyclists, photographers, and bird watchers. I have met some people I don’t like: dog walkers. I have shared the woods with trail running racers, mountain bike racers, motorcycle racers, horse back riders, and Boy Scouts.
Everyday there is something new to see: trees leafing and falling down, flowers blooming, mushrooms growing, the water level changing, beaver dams, birds, snakes, deer, grasshoppers, and my favorites – dragonflies. I want to share all these with you, along with some of my observations and obsessions about everything to do with trail running.
And remember: The road to Hell is paved, so stay on the trails!!