Shetha's longest

After taking Friday off for a long run in the Gorge, we knew we wanted to do a "shorter" long run on Sunday. We teamed up with Shetha for her longest run to date: 17 miles. I picked up Shetha and we drove out to the Newberry Rd end of Wildwood, where John and Ann picked us up and dropped us off at the top of Firelane 3, off of NW Thunder Crest Dr.

Use of this trailhead is clearly not encouraged

The gate at Thunder Crest had lots of signs about cameras, no parking, no drop-offs, etc. They clearly do not want people using this trailhead, and unsurprisingly, none of us had been to it before. 

Odd little "welcome" sign halfway down FL 3
It was a lovely downhill on FL 3 to Wildwood at mile 13.64. I was delighted to feel pep in my legs, despite our rough ~32-ish miler in the Gorge two days earlier. From there we headed north on Wildwood, all the way to the end (and my car).
Shetha's four-leaf trillium

We had a discussion about four (and more) leaf clovers and Shetha remembered seeing something even more rare: a four-leaf trillium! Even better, she remembered where it was and pointed it out to us.

Running ladies: Ann, Susan, Shetha
The run felt surprisingly good to me, and I was so impressed with Shetha's perseverance as she pushed through nausea and working on nutrition while extending her mileage. It was also her first visit to the far north of Wildwood trail-- a great addition when you're getting up in miles.

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