Monday, August 14, 2017

Hiking Mill Creek Wilderness

On my bucket list this summer/early fall was to hike to Twin Pillars. A few years ago we started this hike and Cory broke his ankle about 2 miles in and we have never been back. We were both ready to tackle it! We camped very near the trail head but didn't get a very early start. 
We crossed a creek about 4 times before we even got to 2 miles. All together we crossed creeks/rivers 8-9 times, which was welcome because it turned out to be very hot!

 Coming out of the trees we were in the open where a forest fire had left very little cover. All the information I'd read about the trail it was supposed to be 10.5 miles. Those pillars were where we were going.

 By the time we got to this point we were over 6 miles. There was no trail to the rocks and we were beat.
There was a fire on the ridge across from us that we had been keeping an eye on. 

We found shade and had some lunch, cooled off, and rested. 
Some area of the trail were hot on Elsa's feet so she got a ride a few times! 

And then the clouds covered the sun and all 3 of us had some respite!
And we were all exhausted but thrilled we conquered it!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Epic 216 mile Relay!

Once again I was signed up to be a team member for the Cascade lakes Relay which is 216.6 miles, 2 vans, 12 team members.

 The starting line is Diamond Lake in south central Oregon. We show up the night before to check in.
 Michele is the crazy person that got me into this race last year. 
 Here's our team on Thursday night before the race.
 We decorate the vans which makes it easier to spot your team!
It is fun too!
 This is Lemolo Lake which is a few miles from the start line. Lots of smoke in the air this night,
We were in Van 2 so we had time to kill before the first van exchange. We went to Crater Lake and all we saw was smoke! That's the lake behind me! It was crazy!

Finally about 3PM I was ready to run my first leg. 
 It was 90degrees and heavy smoke. my leg was 5.5 miles, but I fell short and could only run about 30 minutes before feeling the effects of the heat. One of my team members did the last half for me.  I was really disappointed in myself, but wasn't keen to pass out in the ditch either!

My next leg was 6.5 miles and thankfully at 8AM! This 1 miles sign is always good to see.

Proud of myself for recovering and running a good 2nd leg.
Some of the beautiful scenery we got to enjoy.

 This is at the top of Mount Bachelor...almost there! 
Van 1 is done and is going to the finish line to wait for us!
 Wait! The party is just getting started!!
 My 3rd leg was in the middle of day again but thankfully it was all downhill and only 3.1 miles! It was about 90 degrees so I was careful about not overheating. I felt strong at the end of this run.
I had about 40 minutes before I was going to run Michelle's last  and final leg. Her knee was messed up so we made a plan for me to run the first couple of miles then we'd walk the last one in, meet the team, and all cross the finish together. This last leg made me feel better about copping out on my first leg.

It's a rugged race and I feel very proud for running in it. Oh yeah, I was also the oldest one on our team!

I'm still recovering and am trying to decide if I want to take on one fall half marathon or not. Anyone up for one in Portland?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Staying Active While Cruisin'

We put in our fair share of steps this past week!

Our first stop was Juneau. 

We were told by a shop owner we MUST go see the bronze life size humpback whale sculpture. Oh, it's just a little ways down the road...... 2 miles later we found it and it wasn't even completed! LOL
Found this cool sculpture on our way to Mt Roberts tram. 

 The views were amazing. 

There are trails at the top that we hiked. 

When we were at sea we stayed active by dancing! The music was a lot of fun. 

In Skagway we signed up to go hiking to Laughton Glacier. It was amazing!

 Here are our 3 guides. They were awesome! Girl Power!!

We split into groups and we were the fastest, so we went farther with the head guide. I kept thinking "I'm hiking on a glacier in Alaska!" How cool is that?!

Back on the ship......
More fun music, more dancing.

In Ketchikan we went kayaking. 
And in Victoria BC we went biking!
And of course, the size of the ship means lots of walking! here....

 or here.

My fitbit stats for last week!

No excuses! Let's keep moving!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hiking Black Butte

The day after 4th of July I headed to Sisters to meet Michelle so we could hike 
Black Butte which is west of Sisters. We got on the road to the trailhead early to beat the heat. 

 Fresh and happy at the trail head.
 Lovely mountain lilies. They smelled heavenly!
 I think these are pensteman. 
 No clue what these pretty flowers are.
 On the trail up a peek of Mt Washington.
More lovely flowers, mostly balsamwood, covering the hillside.

 A little beggar at the top. 
 The three Sisters, Faith, Hope and Charity. 
 Hey, we're still looking pretty good after the climb!

It was a great way to start my mini-getaway!!

I hope you are getting outside and doing fun stuff!