Woods/trail1:01:53 2.61 mi (23:43 / mi) +120m20:45 / mi
At Bear Brook. Had two maps that assumed I'd get into the park (one course began near Bear Hill Pond) but the road above Podunk lot was mostly ice. Probably negotiable but I couldn't bring myself to really try, after a half-hearted start. So no map and turned it into a good walk. When I eventually hit a path, I decided I liked paths today. Made my way to Hayes Field and around the field loop and back.
Met a young couple from Boston area looking at the park map in Podunk parking. They had never been to BB, wondered if there was another entrance. I was able to point out some fun possibilities but harder today for first time visitors who were not really dressed for it.
Went to the Y after work, in part with the expectation of changing for a run outside on a blue dome 30F pm but didn't find running pants amongst my warmth riches. Backtracked to being indoor & did 3 x 20' on the treadmill with virtual screen choices of Pacific NW rainforest to alpine vantage, Auckland Domain & Beagle Channel walk-jog for distraction and/or inspiration.
An evening visit with Per Stensby (and his son Per Olla) at Granite Ledges in Concord. I visited Per in June. Today’s occasion was in part to pick up 72 WOC ’93 mugs that Per had for a quarter century at various homes, the last being New London. And Sara Mae Berman had asked that they be made available for fund raising. I am a go between. Per’s son is back and forth between NH and mid-coast Maine and we arranged this rendezvous. ONA had a timely WOC article that I took with me, along with a still-sealed WOC men’s classic course and a compass. Per’s memory has failed. I knew that in June. I wondered if these orienteering memorabilia might strike a chord.
Sitting in the lobby of the assisted living facility, about to enter the memory-loss unit, and looking at the WOC course and ONA article with Christmas music in the background was indeed a step into the past. Per, 87, was fairly good about some details. We had a nice visit & it was fun to meet his son, too.
A mug in hand (that hadn't seen the light of day for many years).
Walk-jog1:13:06  4.97 mi (14:43 / mi) +22m14:31 / mi
From B&B to Hynes auditorium. Pleasantly surprised to see it was light & not particularly cold. In fact, had to shed a layer by the first mile. An abundance of activity including quite a few runner-joggers, especially as I got to the river. Zigged & zagged in Somerville, then some straight toward the Pru, then the Mass Ave bridge on a blue dome, sunlit morning then some searching for Hynes, the phone being about dead. Satisfying start to a sedentary day.
Walk-jog58:24  3.6 mi (16:13 / mi) +1m16:12 / mi
From Hynes to Harvard Square. Just getting dark, lots of activity everywhere, people going home, by foot, or bike. Quite nice along the river. Memory lane in stages, even as far back as 1971. Met Beth & Doug at the Coop. The three of us had dinner nearby. Ate everything on the plate which must have been a tribute to calories burned. Took an Uber back to Somerville. Walk-jog is what I could do today.