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| One of the nice things about getting older (maybe the only nice thing) is that you get to refer to things by what they were in the past instead of what they are now. One of my favorite exploration runs is up "Horse Poop Hill." As an old guy, I remember when we used to have a stable next to the golf course and the horses used to cross the course and-go up into the hills. There haven't been horses for a few years now, and of course there isn't any horse poop on the hill any more - but it'll always be Horse Poop Hill to me. You can call it the Hour Trail if you like, not me. From a running perspective the first half of the run is on dirt and has a lot of nasty up hills in the beginning, a nice rolling middle part, a fairly short and quick downhill back to Avalon Canyon road by the camp- ground and then the paved grade back down into town. From an exploration perspec- tive, it's full of history, wildlife, change and familiarity all mixed THE RUNNING MAN • Todd Hallenbeck into one. You can run it in either direction, but I prefer starting where the horses went. There is a nice warm-up section (that means gentle hills - nothing too steep yet) as you come up from town and cross the golf course. Once you cross the little bridge and leave the course behind and start into the hills that all changes (at this point I always wonder if I should have just played golf instead). After only a few hundred yards you turn left and head out onto what used to be part of the old golf course and was recently used as the staging area for the motorcycle Gran Prix. There is history every- where on Catalina - and Horse Poop Hill is no exception. There's another nasty little hill - it's best if you just try to make it to the twin palm trees - and then it levels for a little bit and crosses a fun old wooden bridge. Another 90 degree left and you're at Cialis corner. Ok, that's not an official name, but there are a couple of cool old bathtubs that remind me of the commercials, Another hill, longer this time, but then a short downhill that is a very nice change. It's always cold at the bottom of the little hill. In the summer, that's nice. In the winter, not so much. A short flat part and then, of course, another hill. The best part about this hill is that ends in a "sometimes" creek (sometimes it's a creek, sometimes it's not). It's been mostly "not" for most of the last year or so. I'm hoping for a nice wet win- ter this year so it can go back to being a gently running creek. Heck, even a trickle would be nice for a change. I think of the creek New Island enrolls ance plans or were found to be bottom level of the hospital. The eligible for Medi-Cal. Medical Group's scheduled hours encouraged to make With the possibility of so many are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday appointments new patients needing care Catalina through Friday. Evening appoint- Island Medical Center wants to meats are also often available on provide information about how Monday and Tuesday. BY JUDY HIBBS to schedule an appointment, what Please call 310-510-0096 for to bring with you and what you an appointment. When you call, As of March 31, 2014 Covered may expect to happen when you it will be helpful for you to give California the state's Affordable arrive to see a Doctor or Nurse the receptionist your name, phone Care Act component has enrolled Practitioner. number, insurance information, 1,209,791 people in new health- The Medical Group is located date of birth and the reason for care plans, at 100 Falls Canyon Road, up the your visit. Here on Catalina Island about street from Avalon's City Hall. 380 enrollees selected new insur- The entrance is located at the Health gate, Page 8 as the halfway mark. It's really only a third of the way at best, but it's the end of the serious up hills. The next couple of miles are nice and gently roiling. You can kind of unwind the legs a bit and pay more attention to your sur- roundings. Sometimes, particular- ly if you go early in the morning, there are deer either on the trail or nearby in the hills. I know they're not native and don't belong here - but you can love the individuals while not liking the species. A species that does belong are my beloved foxes. We've gone from the years when the fox popu- lation was almost gone, to being happy to finally see fresh fox-poop on the trail, to now laugh!rig at all the places they mark with it. Poop on the trail, on the bridge, on rocks, on other poop - pretty much everywhere. Occasionally you see a fox - but mostly just the poop. Nice to have the little guys back. I'll keep running and I'll fill you in on the rest of the trail the next time. Keep those legs moving. Todd Halenbeck is a part time resident of Avalon and the main- * land. He is an experienced mara- thon runner. 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