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From the Inn by the Bay

June 4, 2008

I’m in Portland, ME again. Second time in a week. I love this town. I love the old buildings and houses. I love that it’s near the water. Today is rainy and cool. I’ve been watching seagulls out my window. I love that there are people out walking everywhere. I think the closeness of this area is something I really like about it. I went running this morning. I ran down Spring St. past a lot of restaurants and shops. I feel like I’m part of the life happening around here, even though I’m just running through. Again, I managed to plan (or not plan) my run so on the last 2 minutes of my first 10 minute run I was headed up a huge hill. I had to walk to the top, but did the whole second 10 minute run. I thought about turning around so I could keep running, but once I got to the top of the hill I was glad I didn’t. There was a park at the top that looked out over the bay. I could see the boats and islands. The rainyness of the day seems to make everything greener and brighter. There are also a lot of flowers blooming up here which looks and smells wonderful. Once I got to the top of the hill I found a trail that went down to the edge of the water so I could run along and look at all the boats. This type of life, small city on the water, is so different than any that I’ve lived. I’m still surprised by how many homeless people there are here. After I ran Shane picked me up and we had lunch with Amy. I’m so thankful I was able to swap my trip and be up here.

I’ll probably write more during my 3 hour break in Atlanta.

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