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First Blush: Hawk starts the day just fine

The female Dawn Jogger got on the road well before dawn and was treated to clear skies and the company of a hawk perched on a limb while surveying the field just north of Big Dish itself. That she was out early or that it was clear is not remarkable. What was is that she’d was home less than an hour when a pea soup ground fog appeared, drippy mist and all. That made the early morning run all the better…

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First Blush: Rosy Christmas sky

Red dawn on Dec. 24, 2010

The dawn was appropriately red for the season this morning. The female Dawn Jogger saw the sun rise because she forgot she didn’t need to arise early today. (First appointment, pick up the snow ball desserts at 11.) Given that she was awake, she decided to get up and do “long Dish,” the route that takes her from home along Alpine Rd., then up the back side, turning right at the top and going all around, exiting just across from Lake Lagunita, heading home across the Stanford campus. As usual there was one member of the herd who was curious. Grace is on the way…

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First Blush: Oh, there really is a sun

sunrise over Lake Lagunita

The female Dawn Jogger saw the sun rise this morning. That it rose is not the point. That she could see the sun after more than week of gray skies is. More rain is supposedly on the way Christmas Day. Oh well, too busy to dwell on it…

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First Blush: Pretty winter day on the Dish

The female Dawn Jogger has mainly dodged the rain during the most recent storms and did so again this morning. She could see a veil of mist coming in from the West but did the washboard Dish run without a drop. She marvels at how mild it is this December – another morning out with just a shirt on, no jacket or gloves. Later in the morning she went with Scott to the largest private military vehicle collection in the world. That tale will be told on InMenlo…

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First Blush: Duck mating dance begun

Now that there’s plenty of water in San Francisquito Creek – but it’s no longer rushing rapids like – a growing group of ducks has taken up residence. What the female Dawn Jogger saw this morning was a small army of males all jockeying for the interest of one female. Once they’ve paired off for mating season, there always seems to be a few guys left over. The male DJ used to call those groups “bachelor pads”…

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First Blush: Pretty almost winter run

It’s not officially winter, so this morning’s outing wasn’t a real winter run. But the big storm that blew through the Bay Area over the weekend makes it seem wintry. There was debris all over the Stanford golf course and on the Big Dish pathways. Temps remain temperate, although it was actually warmer when the female Dawn Jogger set off just prior to dawn than it was when she returned home. Her favorite oak was framed nicely against the gray skies…

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First Blush: Christmas bush spotted on Dish run

The female Dawn Jogger wasn’t the only one up and out relatively early on the Dish this morning. Others had the same idea – get going between the rain storms. The temperature was just shy of 60, making for a bit of a sultry run. Along the bottom road that parallels Juniper Serra, she spotted a festive looking Christmas bush sporting red berries. She fears the rain won’t hold off for her trek to the East Bay tonight to take part in Grace’s preschool party/performance. Oh well…

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