Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Santiago, Valparaiso, Maitencillo. It was cool to spend some time in big cities as well as see some of the Chilean coast. The words of Pablo Neruda have been a huge inspiration for me, it also felt like a pilgrimage to visit his house in Valparaiso. His house is now a unique museum high on a hill overlooking the colorful city and providing a unique experience full of wonder.

"The Stolen Branch"

In the night we shall go in
to steal
a flowering branch.

We shall climb over the wall
in the darkness of the alien garden,
two shadows in the shadow.

Winter is not yet gone,
and the apple tree appears
suddenly changed
into a cascade of fragrant stars.

In the night we shall go in
up to its trembling firmament,
and your little hands and mine
will steal the stars.

And silently,
to our house,
in the night and the shadow,
with your steps will enter
perfume's silent step
and with starry feet
the clear body of spring.

One of my favorite things about Chile was the doors. No matter the city or small town, everywhere had extravagant doors and door knobs to provide endless amusement and fascination.


cesar bobadilla said...

hey bonehead!!! What kind of strength training u do? How often?

Billy Barnett said...

Hey Cesar, I do an assortment of things everyday! Any day could include swimming, surfing, paddling, pull ups, push ups, kettlebell, jump rope in addition to running!

cesar bobadilla said...

For how long have you been a watchless runner?

Michael Gordon said...

Mr B.
are you still hanging around?
I live at KaloliPoint and I have a great jungle /seacliff run that I run in Shipman Land.FLAT!!!
Can you tell me of any trails on the way to Mauana Kea?Right now when I need to run steep trails I go up to Volcano and run in the parks trails.I am 64 years old and signed up to do the Mt Wilso in in SoCal next month.
Any ideads would be appreciated