A 10-monarch run

This monarch was hanging out in the meadow portion of Norwell's middle school cross country course.

This monarch was hanging out in the meadow portion of Norwell’s middle school cross country course.

The Monarchs were out in abundance on the middle school cross country course on Saturday, enjoying the sunny 80-degree afternoon and feasting on the clover blooms that border the grassy lanes.  I was doing an easy jog after an up-tempo 4-miler the day before with my sister, and as I ran I kept flushing out startled butterflies.

I counted at least 10. There were so many in the first 400 meters that it took me a minute or two to realize it was worth keeping count, so I might’ve missed some.

The clover blooms that border the grassy lanes were like a buffet line for these butterflies.

The clover blooms that border the grassy lanes were like a buffet line for these butterflies.

Even without the butterflies, though, it would’ve been a nice run on a beautiful Indian summer day. The course is deserted and peaceful on the weekend. It’s tougher terrain than running pavement, especially with that fairly steep hill, but it’s also more satisfying – especially knowing I need to get in more trail miles if I want to do the Huff 50K in December.

You've got to admit, cross country has the most appealing venue when it comes to fall sports.

You’ve got to admit, cross country has the most appealing venue when it comes to fall sports.

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