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“Not all who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkein

I took the photograph above on Sunday, October 21, 2012 on the Tanawha Trail in western North Carolina. I had the most glorious run there from Price Park to the Boone Fork parking area on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The image is a visual joke since the trail in the photo (center right) is *not* the Tanawha Trail. After following this trail up and through this pasture, I spied the trail blaze and, still not realizing I was off-course, made a sharp left to follow it (not noticing the other option to go straight and slightly right). Growing more and more puzzled as the trail continued to arc left, I completed a giant circle, ending up at the bottom of the hill (with this lovely view, x2). I finally figured out I’d just run down the trail I should have run up, so, after pausing for a minute to get my bearings, I jumped back on the trail, arced to the right, and continued on.

What does this say about me?
a) I have horrible attention to detail. I often have to remind myself to pay attention.
b) I rarely get lost, but sometimes I run in circles.
c) I always find my way.

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