8 miles in Dreilinden Forest

Wow. I just got back from one of the most picturesque runs I’ve ever been on.

First, let me back up. The eBay offices in Germany are in Dreilinden, which is about 30 minutes southwest of Berlin. They’re situated off of the autobahn, in what effectively feels like the “middle of nowhere.” Aside from the eBay offices, a couple hotels, and the remains of “Checkpoint Bravo” (which monitored the border between East & West Germany), there isn’t much nearby. There is, however, a huge forest.

Today our meetings ended at around 4:30, and since I hadn’t had a chance to run in a few days, I decided to head out. I quickly found a small trail that led into the forest, and for the next eight miles I was absolutely awestruck. The air was clear and crisp, about 45 degrees with a slight breeze. The trees around Dreilinden – mostly oak and birch, it seems – have begun to change to their fall colors, bright yellows and oranges. The sun was beginning to set, and the rays sliced through the trees, lighting them as if they were ablaze. The entire forest floor was covered in a blanket of orange leaves, and all I heard as I ran was the wind gently rustling through them.

I wish I had my camera so I could leave you with a photograph, but instead I’ll sign off with this:

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
– Robert Frost, October

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~ by Nathan on October 19, 2007.

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