Summer days driftin' away



Hi! We are still here and running but we haven't been writing about it the last few months, obviously. I have so many blog post in my mind about our summer adventures, but when I think about writing about them I get overwhelmed and find other things to do. So instead of abandoning the blog, I am going to do a quick blog post on all our summer adventures. 

Ramona Falls FKT
We started the summer with setting a few Fastest Known Times (FKT) as part of Women Who FKT project. The majority of FKT records are held by men, the idea behind Women Who FKT was to get more women to set FKTs to flips the stats. Susan, Cedar and I set the FKT at Ramona Falls. Cedar and I set the out and back FKT on Surveyor's Ridge Trail. Hopefully they will have a Dogs Who FKT soon. 

Surveyor's Rige FKT 
I spent a few weekends in June on Orcas Island running and kayaking. Every time I go to Orcas Island I say the next time I go to the San Juan Island I will go to a different Island, but I don't. I love all the trails on Orcas, lakes and of course the sea. 



Cedar and took several van trips where we ran on several different new to us sections of the PCT. 

Orcas Island sunset

Leading up to our big summer adventure, Susan, Cedar and I did a couple of day off runs. The first one was Surveyor's Ridge, because Susan had never been there and I enjoyed it so much with Cedar. The second run was in Badger Creek Wilderness, one of our favorite areas near Mount Hood and Hood River. 

Cedar and Mt. Hood
Cedar watching wildlife from the van












Our big adventure of the summer we called ATMB - Alex Tour du Mont Blanc. Alex is my nephew who graduated from high school in 2020, but due to the pandemic I had to delay his graduate present a year. His graduate present was a trip to Europe to run around Mont Blanc, isn't that what al high school grads want? Well the do if they come from a crazy running family. 

The start of ATMB



This part of the summer, definitely deserves it's own blog post. But the short version is we ran around Mont Blanc in 6 days starting in Chamonix with a rest day in Courmayeur. It was such an amazing trip and I think life changing for Alex. I promise we will do a full post on this. 


Mountain Alex


After Susan and Alex left, I stayed an extra week and hiked all over Switzerland with my husband John. 

us and the Matterhorn



By the time I got back from Europe it was the first week of August and it felt like the summer had gone by so quickly. I used every minute I was not working to enjoy and explore. 


Cedar and I went running all over Washington and Oregon the first 2 weeks of August. We went to Bellingham, ran new section of the PCT near Timothy Lake (Oregon) and the Kendall Katwalk and explored Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island. 

Bellingham Bay



PCT Humor

Our good friend David was running the Oregon Cascades 100 at the end of August, Susan and I were helping our friend Amber crew him and pace him. We went down a day early and circumnavigated Three Fingered Jack. We had hoped to SUP at Suttle Lake but the water was way to chopping, so we settled for fancy cocktails at the lodge and stole a shower at the bath house. 

Kendall Katwalk

This was the first race we ever crewed our paced someone, it was quite the experience and a ton of fun. Having the van certainly helped, so we had somewhere to sleep and make food. It was also a lot of fun being on the other side of the race -- not racing but cheering folks on. 

Three Fingered Jack

Sunset & Mt Washington

We wrapped up the last days of the summer in Manzanita for my annual family & dog trip. Susan was also in town with her family, so we got to do a longish run on the beach. It was the first time I ran to the end of beach in Manzanita. Cedar definitely loves long runs on the beach. 


As sad as I am to have such an amazing summer come to a close, I am looking forward to the fall and yes rain. I am looking forward to all our upcoming adventures in the snow and mud. 


Here's to an amazing summer

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