Last October (2016) Jess ran yet another marathon. This time it was the City of Trees marathon in Boise, ID. This run occurred at a vital junction of our lives, I had just wrapped up my time as a Systems Admin with Woodard & Curran (TREC) and we were in the process of packing up the house to move to The Dalles, OR. It was a very freedom filled trip, for the first time in a few years, I had no external responsibilities. It was just Jess, Elijah and I, on the road to see some friends and to add another notch to Jess’s marathon belt. No work emails, church commitments or side projects.
We stayed with our friends Andrew and Katie, who had relocated there the previous year. We were able to catch up on life and even talk about some future adventures on the horizon. Katie decided last-minute to run the half marathon, which put Andrew, Elijah and I on spectator/support duty. Part of the course went by our friend’s apartment, so Elijah and I ran to a good picture-taking spot and camped out. As someone who enjoys photography as both hobby and profession, I forget that when people see larger camera and lens combinations, they assume you’re an event photographer and as such, they pose for the camera. This was especially true as I had camped out just before the finish line, near the final bend of the course. So I played the part and started taking pictures of anyone who made a glance toward the camera, and even a few who didn’t. And my wife of course!