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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. 

Type 2 fun in the Gorge

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REI defines  type 2 fun as miserable while it’s happening, but fun in retrospect. It usually begins with the best intentions, and then things get carried away. While type 1 fun is enjoyable while it is happening. To be fair I think our run in the Gorge was probably type 1.5 fun. But most people would categorize a run in the cold with pouring rain and snow on muddy trails with down trees as type 2 fun. Neither one of us had been hiking or running in the Gorge since the start of Covid. For several months all the trails were closed and once they opened they were super crowded, so we avoided the area. But now that it's snowing we are limited on where we can run. I figured with the crappy weather there would be less people in the Gorge, so we decided to start our day off run at Angel's Rest.  The weather wasn't awful when we started, so we made sure to get picture of the Gorge when we reached the top on Angel's Rest. But shortly after we crested the rain started. We really d

A little taste of Goat Rocks

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Girls Gone Goat Rocks! For years, we've had Goat Rocks listed in our page of trail to-do's . Our plans finally aligned such that we made a detour on the drive home from our two separate weekends in the greater Seattle area to run a shorter, 12 mile loop in Goat Rocks Wilderness. Running through the lupine We parked at the Berry Patch trailhead and made our way on Goat Ridge Trail (95) up, up, up, through the dry forest. Sadly, the huckleberries weren't ripe yet, but we were soon distracted with views of Rainier through the trees. Rainier on the left and glad we don't have to climb that steep hill to the right Then we emerged from the trees into a wide open alpine valley, ringed by peaks and ridges, cascading with a rainbow of wildflowers. It was absolutely stunning. And I understood why we drove an extra three hours out of our way to run here. Mt St Helens in the distance We wound our way up and up, passing plenty of backpackers for a Monday. Everyone seemed thrilled to

Diamond Peak Circumnavigation

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Yay, Diamond Peak Susan and I had originally planned on running Mt. Rainier's Northern Loop trail but according to recent trail reports there were still several miles of snow to cross. Which normally wouldn't scare me away but considering the distance ~37 miles and the new to us trails, I thought we should wait a few weeks before attempting it. But since we already had the day off of work I came up with several plan b options for us. One of them was a popular loop from Odell Lake to the east side of Diamond Peak . But after looking at my Diamond Peak map I noticed you could stitch several trails together and actually circumnavigate Diamond Peak Crescent Lake Knowing how much we love circumnavigations, I knew we had a plan b winner. I started Googling "Circumnavigating Diamond Peak" and I couldn't much. Then I started looking for information on Diamond Peak Trail #3699, which is the trail that runs along the west side of the mountain. But I could find very little