Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What are Gaitors?

After the South Sisters post Lizzy asked what gaiters do. Great question! They certainly don't make a fashion statement! Mine, on the left, are called desert gaiters, Rene's in the middle were trail running gators and Hannah's on the right were trail running gaiters as well, but made from a stretchy material.
The "debris" on the mountain is a lot of loose rocks and shale. The last mile is brutal. two steps up, one step sliding back.
Going up isn't near the problem of keeping debris out of your shoes ......
Going down is much worse. The first time climbing South Sisters I got so much loose rock in my shoe and going down such a steep incline for miles that my toes were so squished I ended up losing 2 toenails. (as if my feet aren't ugly enough!)

I neglected to say after making it down this amazingly steep 2 miles, (it goes flat for a short ways before getting steep again) I tripped over a root and went flying onto my knees and hands! The girls were behind me and were so scared I broke an ankle. Thank goodness I didn't, but my knees are scabbed, bruised and swollen!  Icing them several days in a row have been helpful. Geez!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Easy Weekend

We've had plans to get away on the weekends Cory has off and this was one of them!
We went to a new to us campground on the South Fork of the McKenzie River. 

 We found ourselves a little beach and enjoyed the morning before it got too warm. 
 All that dog paddling wore out Porter. I was resting on a mat right next to him and thought this was a cute photo op.
 We went for a few easy hikes through the woods.
 This was the view from our camping spot. The running river was so nice to doze off to sleep.
The dogs loved playing in the high grass on another little hike we took.

We stopped for lunch on the way home. I love our camper!

Have a great week!

Friday, July 22, 2016

One Heck of a Hike!

When I turned 50 in 2012 I hiked to the summit of South Sisters with my hubby. I said I'd never do it again! One thing turned into another and my daughter, Rene, and niece, Hannah and myself found ourselves Wednesday morning taking off up to the summit of South Sisters (of officially called Charity) One member of our hiking party could not make it and I was sad about that. 
But up the hill we went! 

 Don"t we look chipper?
 About 3 miles in we stashed water for the trip down and put on our gators. The debris is ridiculous and this was a "save the toenails' measure! Super ugly, but we were all so happy we had them.
 The view kept getting better and better the higher we hiked. 

 Here are the other two Sisters mountains from the summit. (Mt Hood in the background)
Yay! Made it to 10,358 ft elevation with a gain of about 5600' in 6.5 miles. It was brutal!
 Coming down was almost harder than going up.
 Sometimes we couldn't even find the trail.

It feels so good to accomplish something really, really BIG!

Have a wonderful weekend! I'll be iceing my knees!! LOL

Monday, July 11, 2016

Hiking Tam A Lau

I'm doing a big hike in 9 days and needed to test my pack and my legs! Check, check on both!

Camera selfie with timer. Porter got cut out of this one.
One mile ascent got everyone pumping and panting!
But the view is worth every step.
Waiting for treats.
Tam-a-Lau means "Place of big rocks on the ground"

Old growth juniper trees.

Pretty wildflowers that get only a sparse of precipitation a year.

Enjoy your week!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Veggie Tales

Had to share! 

Friday, June 17, 2016

What's in My Box?

I cut the pits out of a batch of cherries and will have several pounds in the freezer  for smoothies. Thanks for the tip Juliann!

Here's my produce box for the week.
red baby beets with greens
garlic scapes. I tried to make a pesto out of this last year and it was too strong. I'm opting to put them with my trimmings and make vegetable broth for soup.

Friday, June 10, 2016

What's in My Box?

I've been getting plenty of produce but now that I've been showing you my box for awhile it is going to start getting repetitive.

I am loving all the fresh spring greens! In the bag is a salad mix, the butter lettuce is amazing as well. Fresh Oregon berries are great right now and I can never get enough.
Make it a healthy week!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Happy Girls Run!

My spring half marathon is in the books!

 Saturday my friend (and fellow quilter) Michelle,  finished the Happy Girls half marathon in Bend. As you can see it was a beautiful day!
 I didn't take many photos, but a few. Mile 2 and 3 were single track trail  around the Deschutes river.
 Look at this amazing view!
I got a good chuckle out of this sign. This was a first for me! LOL

I finished in 2 hours and 36 minutes.
It is fun to get a cool necklace rather than a large medal.

Seriously, I've already signed up for my fall half marathon. 

Happy Global Running Day!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wild Canyon Games

 Some time ago my daughter and I decided we wanted to see the crazy and athletic Wild Canyon Games. Because of the remote location they do not allow spectators so we signed up to volunteer!
 We were assigned to traffic duty the day we arrived, but there were too many so we got to hike and play a little.
Morning came early for volunteers and athletes, but there was a little time for socializing.

 It had rained overnight and the last half of the bike portion of the triathlon was  epic!
 Riding 4 miles up a hill was the easy part! We were there to direct them off the road and cheer them on!
 We were thankful enough to see the end of the bike ride. Some riders had to carry their bikes close to 5 miles of mud! They are spraying themselves off! The mud was thick!
We were happy to be indoors after a cold morning! This was a giant memory game. Timed and way harder than it looks.

 We woke up to sun on Sunday! That was perfect for the team relay. 
This is one little portion of the obstacle course,
And ends at the top of this butte!

We had busy days and short nights........ We also made memories together but we do not care to do it again in this way, unless we are an athlete on a team!

Monday, May 16, 2016

HotShot Memorial Run

 So, Mel is my friend I met on the way to Bolivia. She was on my serve team so we spent a week of intense time together. She commented she was doing couch to 5K program and would anyone want to run in a race with her. Of course, I said you cannot run your first ever race alone! Saturday was the day. Weather was perfect, she did awesome. (I did pretty good keeping up with her!)
 This was a fundraiser and memorial for 9 hotshots who lost their lives in 1994. 14 people were killed in the fire but 9 of them were from Prineville. For a small town it was extremely devastating. This man knew them and was reading this poem to us. It was very touching.
This memorial is beautiful and in the park the race started and ended. 

I've been increasing my mileage and was really happy to take a step back. I'm hoping to run 12 on Wednesday and that will be my last long run until my half marathon on the 28th. 

Keep on moving!