Friday, January 4, 2013

A Favorite Spot of Mine Along the Lake

The far east side of Belmont Harbor is one of my favorite running spots along Lake Michigan. Most runners bypass this area entirely, since it is not on the Lakefront Trail. However there is a gravel path perfect for running. It is a good place to see the sunrise in the morning, see waves crashing during storms or get a view of the skyline. I took some pics of the area on my run this morning:

Looking North near Belmont Harbor

Sunrise
  
Ducks on the icy water

One of my favorite things about the area, is that it is kinda old school with absolutely no guardrails to prevent wayward pedestrians and bikers from falling into some sharp rocks or freezing cold water. The only things preventing certain doom for people close to the edge are some spray painted stencils to serve as warnings not to dive into the rocky shore below:

The rock isn't very "submerged" now is it?!
No Diving! Gee you think?! 


Ice formations on the rocks
 
Skyline view and a bench on the edge of another"cliff"

Skyline View

Sunrise through the trees
Belmont Harbor is a nice place to put me in a peaceful state during my morning run. Even when it is the height of marathon training season in the summer there are very few people. It is out of the way enough that for the two mile loop, I may share it with only a handful of people. Or like on today's run, have it all to myself.

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  1. Ooo, it's so nice to have a little hidden gem like that in the city all to yourself! And those ice formations are too cool!

    I kind of feel like not many people get out to Northerly Island either.

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    1. I wish I could run on Northerly Island more often. If it just weren't so far south I would be out there a lot.

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  2. Thats great that you are able to find a peaceful running spot. My peaceful running spot is on the trails near my house. No one runs in the winter on them and I am the only one on them. So peaceful. Great pictures :)

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    1. Glad to hear you have some nice trails near your house. Thanks.

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  3. That looks sooo beautiful and SOOO peaceful. I'd love to run around there!!

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    1. Next time you're in Chicago, definitely check it out!

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  4. Those pictures are amazing, as always. It's so great to hear about little hidden gems like this near the lakefront trail, which are so hard to find among the masses! I agree with Kim about Northerly Island, too - always so peaceful, although a little difficult to get to (which is probably why it's so peaceful).

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    1. Thanks. Yes, I must get down to Northerly Island. Soon!

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  5. This is my favorite spot too! Another runner showed it to me last year, and i like to run there when i am grouchy - it always makes me feel better!

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    1. Yes, it's a good place to go to feel like you are away from the hectic city even though the "city" is only a couple of blocks away.

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