Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A new response to flooded trails

Surveying the damage: floods, and blown-down leaves and branches

Recently I was thinking about specific runs that have changed my life. One is the Mt Hood Scramble in 2012, which had about eight raging, snow-melt river crossings and eradicated my fear of getting my shoes wet. This came in handy on Friday, when Ann came in to work so we could run the longer version of our normal weekday run one last time before we both left for two week vacations.


Ann runs back and forth, just for my photo op
Tualatin Hills Nature Park has creeks, a pond and marshy areas, traversed in places by boardwalks. After a heavy rain, some parts flood. We used to pick our way carefully over the slick side rails, but this time we didn't bother. It's no longer a big deal for us to run right through water.

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