In 1978, I returned from a year as an infantry company in Korea, and began an assignment as an AROTC instructor at the University of Texas. A friend suggested I should try running the trail, and I was hooked immediately. I ran the Capitol 10K in 1979, and followed it with the Texas Relays Marathon. Since then I have accumulated 30,000 running miles, many of them on the trail. I have also walked the loop many times with my camera, the critters and vistas always fascinating.