My marathon training hasn’t been going very well lately, but yesterday was a great day. I started at my dad’s house at 7am. The weather was good, low 60’s, light cloud cover. I ran north to Bicentennial Park which is a tiny park on the Lake Ontario shore. I then turned east and followed Lakeview Drive and Lower Lake Road to Golden Hill State Park. Along the way I encountered a lion. Lucky for me the lion was in a cage.
I later saw a young deer standing in a clearing about 20 yards off the road. I stopped and slowly reached for my camera. The deer stood motionless, but unlike the lion it was live and breathing. As I backed away I started to whistle and make a clicking noise with my mouth. The deer became curious and started to come out of the woods and walk toward me. He looked back toward the trees and then I noticed his sibling also coming out of the woods. As I slowly continued on my run they followed me for about a minute before they decided they would rather stay where they were.
A short time later I reached my destination; Thirty-Mile Point Lighthouse at Golden Hill State Park. The park was nearly full with campers. As a running destination Golden Hill is awesome for a several reasons. It doesn’t cost anything to enter the park, the lighthouse is pretty cool, and they have a very nice bathroom. I probably could have refilled my camelbak too, but I liked that it was getting lighter.
I snapped a few pictures of the lighthouse, used the clean bathroom (twice actually, before and after pictures) and turned around for the return trip. The return was pretty uneventful. I stopped to take a picture of the street sign at the corner of Quaker and Haight roads. The first Haight’s to settle in Somerset in 1817 were Quakers. I stopped at the convenience store to buy a bottle of water. I also took a detour through the village to take a picture of the house where I lived until I was 10 years old. It looks nothing like it did when I lived there.
Overall it was an awesome run! I’ll have to make this an annual event. Of course just up the road a few miles is another awesome running venue, the Erie Barge Canal Towpath. It is over 300 miles long. I think I would keep it local though, round trip from widewater marina in Lockport to Middleport is about 25 miles. That would be a spectacular weekend, 20 mile lighthouse run on Saturday and Erie Canal on Sunday. Sweet!