MOUNTAIN LIFE - Blue Mountains | Spring 2019

SPRING 2019 ML BLUE 57 words :: Molly Hurford How can a place influence your personality? Answer: the terrain can force you to become a person you weren’t. I grew up in New Jersey, spending my time slipping off to New York City or Philadelphia. We had forests, but few trails, and I had even fewer thoughts of being a runner on those trails. “Until I carried my wife off to New Hampshire, she defined wilderness as the Bronx,” P. J. O’Rourke famously wrote. That was me. Now, I can define huge chunks of my life by the trails that flow from the base to the top of Blue Mountain, and in and around Collingwood. WhenmytreksupnorthtoOntariobegan,mynow- husband/then-early-stage-boyfriend and I would run along the Georgian Trail as he tried to convince me that even in the winter, Collingwood was a great place to be. As a non-skier, I remained unconvinced. But I had to admit that being able to run a trail out my back door would almost make up for the lack of city buzz outside my window at all hours ofthe day and night. Sure, TRAILS A TRAIL-RUNNER’S TALE How the Blue Mountains made me a runner “Try the meditation of the trail, just walk along looking at the trail at your feet and don’t look about and just fall into a trance as the ground zips by.” —Jack Kerouac MARK LOCKI