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A Weekend in Stockholm

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My husband is traveling for the better part of 2 months for work, one of his work trips was to Sweden, I had never been to Sweden and didn't want to go almost 2 months without seeing him, so I asked my boss if I could work remotely from Europe for a ~week. She said yes! We also have a good friend, Karrla, from Portland who is currently living Berlin, who decided she was going to meet us in Stockholm for the weekend. 
Since I only had the weekend free in Stockholm, I didn't do a lot of research on what to do, I figured we would look at Trip Advisor and go from there. The NY Times recently published 36 hours in Stockholm, so we decided to loosely base our weekend around that. 


Here is our take on 36+ hours in Stockholm.
I arrived Friday around 1pm and was extremely jet lagged, so a lot of Friday was a blur, luckily Karrla was there to drag me around. After a quick shower at the hotel we walked around Gamla Stan, Stockholm's Old Town and took in all the old buildings and cobb…

The perfect 20(ish)

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Sometimes you have the perfect route, the perfect weather, the perfect view, the perfect running partner, today was one of those days. This was our first 20 mile run since attempting the Grand Canyon R2R2R five weeks ago. It was nice to take it easy for the last few weeks, but with 2017 coming to an end and starting to think about our 2018 race and adventure schedule, I am ready to start increasing our mileage. 


Route:
53/Dogwood - Keil - .10
Keil - WW - .17
WW - Pittock - 5.78
Pittock - Apson - 2.58
Aspen - Thurman / Leif trailhead - .75
Leif - Dogwood - .85
Dogwood - WW - .34
WW - Alder - .96
Alder - Leif - .84
Leif - Maple - 2.69
Maple - WW - .82
WW - Keil - 3.55
Keil - car - .27
Total: 19.70

Yellow Jackets, Bears and the route from Salmon River to Timberline Lodge

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A month from our first attempt at running the bucket list run of most MUT runners, the Grand Canyon R2R2R, we wanted to get in one big run outside of Forest Park to help clam our anxiety, despite having an amazing summer of adventure runs. We decided to take a Friday off of work 2 weeks before running R2R2R to run around Mt. Hood, which is similar distance and elevation gain as R2R2R2, though very different trails and environment. 

A week before our planned circumnavigation of Mt. Hood, we got ~18 inches of snow above 5500 feet on Mt. Hood, which covered a lot of the Timberline trail. So, as with most of our adventure runs this summer I had to come up with a Plan B.

Earlier in the summer when I planned ourSalmon River – Devil’s Lookout – Hunchback Mountain route, I noticed on the map you could run from Salmon River to the Timberline Lodge. I pulled out the map and calculated the distance and it was ~36 miles, I wasn’t sure how much elevation gain we would have, but knowing we were start…

Ten miles at the end of the park

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After our day off running on Friday, we took Saturday as a rest day and wanted a "short" run to stretch our legs on Sunday. We usually try to cram in miles by running the trailheads closest to us, so we were excited to get to the quieter, wilder, far north of Forest Park.


Leif Erikson Trail ends at Germantown, so there aren't many loops up there. I like to combine Newton and Firelane 10 with BPA, FL 12 and FL 15 for a figure-eight. To make it closer to 10 miles, I threw in an out-and-back to the end of Wildwood at Newberry Rd.


Park at Newton
Parking lot/ FL10 to WW (25.43)-- .15mi WW (25.43) to BPA (WW 27.45)-- 2.02mi (2.17 total)BPA to FL12-- .25mi (2.42 total)FL12 to FL 15-- .51mi (2.93 total)FL15 to WW (28.63)-- .37mi (3.30 total)WW (28.63) to WW End (30.16)-- 1.53mi (4.83 total)WW End (30.16) to Newton Rd (ww 26.30)-- 3.86mi (8.69 total)Newton Rd to Parking lot/ FL 10-- .60mi (9.29 total)