In spite of the humidity, the recent weather has been pleasant; it’s now undeniably spring and the rains have come. They’ve tapered off since the thunderstorm of my last post, but they’ve begun to bring something even better: that spring rain smell! They’re also very gentle, more drizzles than showers, but they manage to keep from being sticky and oppressive.
On today’s run in Bali, we stayed on the road a lot, which was a blessing as I had new shoes and I brought a co-worker and friend along for her first exercise in a long time! It wasn’t the most amazing hash, and the high point came early on, but there were some amusing bits where we ran through a golf club as members were playing and were thoroughly scolded by a security guard. The last bit was also quite lovely, but cramped and very hard to run as the trees were very close and the undergrowth was very high! It put me in mind of reading the descriptions of the Old Forest in The Fellowship of the Ring.
Now, the high point. As we came up a steep hill, the road smoothed and flattened and we passed by some houses (not the lovely old brick ones, although we saw a beautiful example of that during the run) with a good concrete front yard. Two little girls were playing and probably wondering at the unusually heavy traffic past their house, and when my friend and I came by, we were included in the game. The game was waterguns. It was so refreshing, and they were thrilled to shoot strangers. They were adorable and accommodating (when I asked for more, they obliged immediately), and without a doubt the best thing all run.