It was about a year ago I began doing most of my long runs on our only local off-road trail, the Wabash Heritage Trail. It's a terrific local resource, extending a full 13 miles from the Tippecanoe Battlefield past downtown and on out to Fort Ouiatenon. It is home to the eponymous Heritage Trail Marathon, which I ran last October.
I've logged many, many miles on this trail in the past year, Saturday being no different. One of the really enjoyable parts of trail running is seeing how the seasons change the trail, its vegetation, its runability, the total ethos of the long run.
Here's a visual comparison of the same section (about two miles from the Fort) during all four seasons. I'll bet you see the same on your trails.
Autumn--October 15, 2011
Enjoy wherever it is you run. It's a gift to be out.