I am a creature of habit. Always have been and I don’t see it changing. Of my 23 rides this year, 16 of them have involved Lake Quannapowitt or Horn Pond. Once I find something I like, I generally stick to it. One place that this is very obvious is ordering food. Since starting a new job recently, I’ve found myself having to order lunch more often. After flirting with a few different options around town, I’ve settled on a particular sandwich that’s usually already made at the market. I know exactly what questions I will get asked, how much it will cost, and pretty much what it will taste like. It is a pattern I fall into. I’m sure I’m not alone in that but I always have to watch myself.

Temperature: 77 f | Wind Speed: 11 mph | Miles this month: 31.11m | Miles this year: 359.54m (1,661.46m to go)

On today’s ride, I realized as I was on the way home that I hadn’t taken a picture yet. I am not a good photographer but I do like to try to take a photo on every one of my rides and try to make sure they’re not too similar to the ones before. When you’re circling Horn Pond for the third time in a week, that can be difficult. I realized that I needed to do a better job keeping an eye out for something beautiful on every ride. If not beautiful, then at least something I hadn’t taken any notice of before. I believe the phrase ‘stop and smell the roses’ expresses a similar sentiment.

19th Time’s the Charm

So it was today when I was on the trail for at least the 19th time this year (I counted) and I saw today’s photo. It’s not an exceptional beauty by any stretch. I was just floored when I saw it and realized that I had never once noticed it before. It’s not hidden from either direction and it’s on a part of the trail that I always pass. I just wasn’t looking for it before and didn’t see it. It’s hard to know how that happens but I was glad it did.

I thought the photo thing was getting to be a bit of a pain in the arse. It interrupts the cycle and sometimes a nice picture doesn’t just present itself. After this evening, I realize that it’s well worth looking for a picture each time and it will hopefully help me notice and appreciate my surroundings a little more.

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