This could very well be the first and last time we touch on a political topic on this blog unless I’m granted my North Korean visa to conduct a Vitamix demo. I typically don’t expend much energy in politics, but a road closure and padlocked bathrooms at Fort Point peaked my interest.
Upon discovering that the access road from Chrissy Field down to Fort Point was barricaded, I did some digging, and found that popular destinations around the Bay Area will remain closed pending the resolution of the government Shutdown. The list includes, but is not limited to: Fort Point, Muir Woods, Alcatraz, Yosemite National Park, and the Presidio. Taylor and I are planning to run 15 miles tomorrow, and our initial plan to run Muir Woods and land at the Tourist Club for Oktoberfest may be up in bipartisan smoke.
Adaptation is a key attribute for successful runners. Whether it’s bad weather, a bad case of the adult flu (especially following early Oktoberfest celebrations) or government-mandated trail closures, there should always be a plan B. Lucky for us, we have 80 degree weather, free music at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and the flexibility to duck under trail gates to be thankful for. We’re still aiming to run on accessible, legal trails around Muir Woods/the Marin Headlands and maybe mix in some road work. Before heading out to a park this weekend, check to see whether it falls under government jurisdiction. Make a backup plan, and if you choose to duck the gates, take our advice and wear your disguise of choice.