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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Irish whiskey and running through the cow pasture



The conversation went something like this...

Bart, "My grandmother told me many years ago people would drink Irish whiskey when they started feeling the first signs of a cold, and that she came across an article that stated 'modern science had proven that Irish Whiskey would not cure the common cold'.  My grandmother said, 'modern science hasn't cured the common cold either, so I'll stick with Irish whiskey'."




..."Well I was reading the other day that Ellagic acid is a natural antioxidant found in numerous fruits and vegetables which help fight inflammation and infections and strengthens the immune system. Ellagic acid is a phenolic compound which is also derived from tannin in barley."




..."Ellagic acid imparts a pungent and astrinent quality into whiskey.  Balvenie malts which is a single malt are especially known for their high ellagic acid content, and Irish whiskey is a single malt whiskey and is made primarily from malted barley, so you see, my grandmother was right."

Me, "Well there you go."



Total miles: 8.12
Elevation gain:1220'

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lake Julian Park



Our doctor's office is located right next to Lake Julian Park, and whenever we make a trip to his office, we always plan a picnic at the Park.  There's a gate located behind Dr Bernstein's office that takes us right to the lake, so we don't even have to move the car.




The park has so much going for it except one thing, no running path. Why! Why! Why!




There's picnicking, boating, fishing and a playground, but it would be 5000 times better if it had a path around it's perimeter. 




Sure we could run around the parking lot, but I think not!




So, we've decided if they're not going to put a path over here anytime soon, we'll just have to rent a canoe next time and do some cross training. At $5.00 for 1/2 hour or $8.00 for 1 hour, that's pretty cheap.



In the mean time, we'll keep wishing for a path...