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Dog(less) Mountain

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a rare break in the rain cloud Dog Mountain is arguably one of the most popular late spring / early summer hikes in the Columbia Gorge due to the amount of wildflowers in bloom and the views of the Gorge. It has become so popular that you have to get permits on the weekend through late April to mid-June. Due to this fact I have not hiked / ran Dog Mountain in years. Susan unexpectedly had this past Friday off and texted me that she could run on Friday and Saturday. Knowing that we were going to do our long run on Saturday I suggested we go to Dog Mountain since we didn't need a permit and could get a good amount of vert over a short distance and bonus wildflowers. I decided to leave Cedar at home because I didn't know how crowded it was going to be and having a dog on leash who pulls a lot going down Dog Mountain as asking for problems.  Susan making her way up Dog Mountain We got to the trailhead around 8am and there were probably half a dozen cars in the lot, not too bad. It

Peterson Ridge Rumble 2021, IRL

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Three racers at the start  We ran a race in real life! While we participated in Peterson Ridge last year (and got the socks, which is the most important thing), the race was virtual, so we just tagged our normal weekend run for it. This year, however, we got to run the real course. Beautiful morning for the race Race day morning was gorgeous. For COVID safety protocol, the race started in waves, and we were in the last wave at 9:45am. That lovely late start meant that it already felt decently warm, unlike other years that started with freezing frost, and ended in tank tops and sunburn. It felt so exciting to be there with the race clock, start flags, and a handful of other people. The race director counted us down and we were off! Three Sisters Views I was excited, but no one was more excited than Cedar, Ann's dog. His first Peterson was two years ago, in 2019, and while he loved it, he was also a very different dog back then since Ann hadn't had him very long. He pulled every

Sunday DIY 15ish

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Cedar enjoying the air after our run We have been slacking off on blog post and we have let ourselves get a little lazy with our routes. We have been keeping our milage up, but if we select a route that has a hill like all of Saltzman we tend to change it midrun and do something easier. Well today was the last day we are going to be able to do that for the next 12 weeks. We are officially signed up for the Backcountry Rise 50 miler . It's time to get uncomfortable and shed some of our covid weight, but that starts on Monday.  Since we were allowing ourself one more do whatever the eff you want run, we just made up a route as we went. We had planned on 14 miles but got closer to 16. It was actually quite a nice route and since I haven't posted a new route in awhile I thought this would be a good one. So enjoy!  Route ( Strava Route ):  Firelane 1 - Morak .08 Morak - Wildwood .15 Wildwood - Maple 2.08 Maple - Leif (end of Maple) 3.55 Leif - Firelane 7A 1.6 FL 7A - WW .25 WW - Fir

Return to Eagle Creek

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A the beginning of a typical dry, hot September in 2017, a teenager threw fireworks into Eagle Creek Canyon, setting off a t hree month long blaze that destroyed 50,000 acres of beautiful forested wilderness in the Columbia River Gorge. Many parts of the Gorge have been closed ever since, as burned areas and the subsequent dead trees lead to many issues like increased erosion, flooding, and invasive species. While  trails have been slowly opening (like Angel's Rest ), many of us who love the Gorge have been holding our breath for the reopening of the Eagle Creek Trail . Eagle Creek was the first place I ever went hiking with my now husband over 20 years ago and one of the first trails I took Susan running on outside of Forest Park.  It happened on Friday, 1 January 2021-- perhaps proof that this year will be better than the last. As soon as I found out I pinged Susan and said we need to take a day off and go run Eagle Creek. We decided on Thursday, January 7th hoping that it would

Birch Lollipop

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  We have posted a lot of 18+ mile running routes in Forest Park but during the week I typically only have an hour a day to run, so I thought it would be fun to post some of my shorter running routes as well. 5.47 miles 544 feet of elevation gain  Strava Route   My go to ~5 mile loop in Forest Park is one I call the Birch Lollipop. Within 5.4 miles you get a nice loop between Wildwood and Leif with Birch being “lollipop stick”.  This route starts and ends at the Birch Trailhead, which is the first trailhead on NW 53rd Drive when coming from NW Cornell Road. To start head down Birch for ~.25 miles and turn left on Wildwood. You will continue on Wildwood for 2 miles, passing Wild Cherry where you will return from, Dogwood and the NW 53rd trailhead. About ~.25 miles after the NW 53rd trailhead you turn right on Alder.  Alder is one of my favorite trails between Wildwood and Leif Erikson, it’s a nice gradual descent (.84 miles) into a gully surrounded by the trail’s namesake trees. Before

2020 - It's been a year....

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At the start of Trans Gran Canaria in our Orcas Island 50k shirts are only 2 in person races of 202. This is always my favorite post of the year to write, because we get to reflect back on the year and all the awesome things we have done and accomplished. Well 2020 has been quite a different year, and this could be quite a different year-end post where we focus on all the things we weren't able to do: travel, races, family visits, etc. But instead we are going to focus on the things we were able to do, and the creative ways we were able to find joy in a shitshow of a year.  We were fortunate that our A race of the year was  Trans Gran Canaria 65k, which took place the first week of March. So we were able to travel to Europe and run before the lockdowns started... well technically the lockdowns started while we were in Europe, which added to our race anxiety.  Despite not posting much on the blog the last few months, we have been running a lot. I think that, like the rest of the wor

Second Annual Santa Hat Run

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Finished-- still dry and warm This year we (Ann) wised up and decided to do our lit-up, costumed, Santa-hat-shaped holiday run on Friday morning, one week before Christmas. That way we weren't tired from previous Forest Park miles like last year , and we didn't have weekend afternoon crowds to contend with.