28 September 2012

Microclimates

The San Francisco Bay Area is well-known for its fog. In fact, this was the scene yesterday as I began the 8-minute drive to my running place after dropping my daughter off at preschool...


It got worse as I got closer to my destination...


I was getting kind of excited about running in the fog. It's simultaneously eerie and spectral and soothing. When I got to the top of the hill before descending into a local regional park, the fog became bright, blinding white. And then...BOOM...it was gone!

When I got to the trailhead, I parked my car in the shade because it was super sunny...go figure. Microclimates in action.

Instead of running in a thick blanket of fog, it looked like this...

Mid-morning sun streaming in over a dried up creek-crossing at the start.

Mid-morning sun streaming over a dried up meadow a little further along.

Mid-morning sun hitting the hills with the fog visible in the distance 
(you have to kind of squint).


Mid-morning sun filtered by beautiful arching trees perfectly framing a really stinky trashcan.

Same place from the trashcan's point of view.

And even though I had been looking forward to a foggy run, my super sexy shadow was thrilled it was sunny...



...and we had a lovely, 4.5-mile run :)




15 comments:

  1. I love the micro-climates here too, although it doesn't get as warm as the Bay Area does.

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  2. Wow, what a huge difference. I think I'd be bummed to have to be in the bright light after the prospect of fog. Although fog on the trails might be a bit creepy.

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  3. Your shadow could go run in Muir Woods. If you take pics of it doing so I will be almost insane with jealousy.

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  4. Such a pretty trail you got to run on - FUN!

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  5. I was in Half Moon Bay today and the fog was ridiculous!!!! I thought it was supposed to be in the 80s today!

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  6. That trail is flipping beautiful!

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  7. what pretty views! love the sun and the fog ones. and of course, your shadow. :) hope it was a pain free 4.5!

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  8. Continued to be awed and impressed by your athleticism despite injury. Just so we're clear, I'm pretty sure I could run 4.5 miles too if I had such beautiful scenery....oh who we kiddin'...

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  9. Beautiful pictures! My one complaint about here: not enough shade and too much sun. With winter coming, though, we'll get plenty of variety in the weather!

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  10. I shall do my first Bay Area morning run on Wednesday...fog, sun, whatever. What will be awesome is that I am told it will be fairly cool.

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  11. A foggy run would be a great way to start off October, but the pictures of the sunlight on the trail are beautiful!

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  12. I love the stream trail! In fact, that is one of my favorite parks! I love the tree cover; it makes for a lot less hot of a run!

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  13. I was impressed by the foggy photos.It maybe good for a less hot run.

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