Friday, September 8, 2017

David's 40th Birthday Doughnut Run


David aka #trailrunning told me he wanted to run 40 miles for his 40th birthday and eat sweets and doughnuts the whole run, he had be at 40 miles. We had planned on doing Wildwood end to end and the North Nasty, which we called Wild and Nasty, but his coached advised him to run ~6 hours with 2 3000 foot climbs instead, because David is training for The Bear 100 (miler). 



David and I went back and forth on a few route ideas and finally landed on one of my favorite routes, the Bald Mountain - Ramona Falls loop with the addition of an out and back on Yocum Ridge. The climb to Bald Mountain and Yocum Ridge satisfied the 2 3000 foot climb requirements, even though it was more like 2000 feet and 4000 feet and the route would probably take us 6 - 7 hours to complete. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Three Fingered Jack circumnavigation

Susan looking at Mt. Jefferson with smoke coming from around Pamelia Lake

In keeping with doing all new routes for our adventure runs, for August we decided we would head out to the Willamette National Forest area. My first thought was to run the loop around Broken Top, but the Ranger Station said that the snow was still pretty deep. My next thought was to do the loop around Three Fingered Jack, but the temperatures were predicted to be in the high 90s the week we were planning on running and most of the route around Three Fingered Jack was burned during the B&B Complex fires in 2003. Wanting more tree coverage I decided on Pamelia Lake to Jefferson Park and the Hunts Cove Loop


The 3 Sisters and Mt. Washington

Black Butte
Pamelia Lake is a limited entry area and you must obtain a permit from recreation.gov beforehand. Normally you need to get a permit months in advance, but by some stroke of luck we were able to obtain one only a week in advance, it probably helped we were running on a Monday, not a weekend. I have been wanting to show Susan Jefferson Park for awhile, we tried in 2015 but we didn't make it all the way to Jefferson Park. I also tried in 2014 to run to Jefferson Park with Karrla from Pamelia Lake, but we didn't make it due to weather. Third time is a charm, right? 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Badger Creek Wilderness run

us and our favorite mountain 

When I started planning our adventure runs in May, I wanted to do all new routes, at least ones we had not ran before. I have been wanting to take Susan to Badger Creek Wilderness for several years but for some reason or another we never made it. I was excited to to run it for our first adventure run of the season but the snow line was too low in May and June, so we weren't able to tackle it until mid-July and that was after I hiked to the top of Lookout Mountain the weekend before to check out the snow level. I told Susan that we were only going to run the route if we had clear skies, because the view from the top of Lookout Mountain was not to be missed.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Elk Meadows - Timberline Loop

Mt Hood and Lupines -  our view most of the hike

John and I had 12 hours between dropping off one nephew at the airport and picking the other one up, so we decided to go on a hike. I've been revisiting a lot of my old maps and hiking / backpacking books in search of new routes. I thought that we might be able to do something in Mount Margret backcountry or in the St. Helens area, but with the amount of driving involved I thought we might be cutting it close. So, John and I started thumbed through our hiking books and John said, "What about Elk Meadows?" I was pretty sure we had done the hike before, but I went back and looked at all 5 copies/editions I have of William Sullivan's red book and didn't see any notes on the Elk Meadow hike. I always write some kind of note, if not at least the date of when we completed the hike in the book. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Salt & Straw run, take 2

Ann recently reminisced about our 21-miler to Salt & Straw last year, and we decided to recreate it. We met up with Anna and Leslie for the first ~12 mile loop, then took off for the ice cream shop. I added a mile to the first part, and because Lower Macleay is currently closed, we ran down Aspen and some neighborhood stairs, through the neighborhood to Salt & Straw. It wasn't as hot as last weekend, but the cold treats were still deliciously welcome.

Ladies on the trail

Sunday, July 16, 2017

To Dad, From Ann


Dad and me jumping into our pool in the mid-80s
When I traveled to Italy a month ago I started listening to the She Explores podcast, which about women in the outdoors. I've really been inspired by all the different women and their stories of long distance hiking, starting outdoor companies, etc. It has made me think of what more we could do more with Girls Gone Wildwood, but that is a different blog post This post is about a She Explores podcast I listened to running this week called, To Dad, From Daughter. The podcast is stories from different women on how their dad shaped their outdoor experiences.

Friday, July 7, 2017

The accidental 37 miler

Ann was out of town for two weekends, which meant we were ready for a good long trail run upon her return. Since my family was going to be out of town, we had the whole day to drive somewhere new and run. We discussed doing the Summer Solstass 50k up Silver Star Mountain. Ann contacted the organizer and we were in.

But we started to wonder-- would it be better to do our own thing, something a bit shorter since neither one of us had run much the past couple of weeks? Time with just the two of us, to catch up, no pressure.

Siouxon Falls