Friday, October 21, 2016

Autumn Hiking in Idaho

I'm sure many of you saw these on Facebook or Instagram, but for those who didn't here they are!
I went to McCall to hang out at my sisters condo. We both love to hike and seriously, the forecast was awful! We had a plan for the rain that included a day gym pass and an immersion pool at a spa) Thankfully the rain really only came at night. 

 This walking path was in town. The first day she showed me around. The fall colors were really pretty.
We took a drive to Burgdorf Hot springs . 

Poor girls..... just hanging out in the rain. Probably waiting for a truck or two to pick them up. 

 Burgdorf Hot springs has been around since the 1870's and not much has changed since then! Rustic is how I would describe it.
These gorgeous tamaracks lit up the forest on our way to our hike.

 Unfortunately 2.5 miles in we weren't up to fording a river, so we turned around. It was beautiful regardless of the distance.
 Then we went to Gold Fork Hot Springs. it was busy, but large enough to have plenty of space. Most of Oregon's hot springs are clothing optional. Idaho is a bit more conservative, thank goodness, and requires clothing! I'm not into bathing naked with strangers!!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Fall Hiking and Camping

We wanted to go out one last time camping and that is exactly what we did last weekend. We went to 3 Creeks Lake near Sisters.

It was chilly, beautiful, fall day. 

 There was a well known hike nearby and that is how we spent our day on Saturday. It  wasn't very long but we gained about 1000'. The views were wonderful!

 There was remnants of the latest snow. It won't be long before this is completely covered in snow.

 That's south Sisters to the right of the photo covered in clouds. That was the BIG hike we did in July.

 We put bright pink collars on Porter and Elsa to help hunters see they weren't deer!
 The next day we hiked around the lake.
 The rim up there to the right is where we hiked the previous day. It's called Tam McCarthur Rim trail and is very popular.
 Sunday while driving home was a great view of the Three Sisters. (through the old forest fire trees)

I have this great map app on my phone that I can use regardless if I have cell service or not. I've used it in France,  Bolivia , and local. It was really cold when we arrived at night at the campground and I used my app to see what our elevation was. 6551'! No wonder it was chilly!
I also used it when we got to the "end of the trail". 1177 feet elevation gain. It's called and I highly recommend it!

The camper is coming off the pickup for the winter, but our hiking boots are still readily available. If the weather holds we hope to get in more hiking this year.

I hope you all are getting outside and enjoying autumn!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Country Girls Half Marathon

I made it! After my fall hiking South Sisters, Cascade Lakes Relay, knee pain, ortho and physical therapy visits (and the stress of my mother's death) I really did make it to the finish line of my final half marathon of 2016! I kind of surprise myself!!

 We stayed close by and I had my son and girlfriend drive me to the starting line. (they are here waiting for their Visa's to Vietnam)
 It's a relatively small race as this is only their 2nd year.
 Let's get this party started!
 You can see the pacers in front of me. (holding a turtle sign!) My plan was to keep up with them as long as possible.

 They pulled ahead of me at the mile 5 water station.
 It was such a lovely race course. Here's Mt Hood in the distance. (along with my pacers)
 I've never seen the Columbia River so calm and peaceful.
 I finished at 2:34. If I would have kept up the 11 min mile it would have been 2:24. Because my training didn't go as planned I actually thought I'd be walking more than I did. Maybe I'll try this one again next year since it was a flat and fast course.
We went out to Peruvian lunch in Portland later that afternoon. I can highly recommend Los Primas if you are ever in the area and looking for wonderful food.

Keep on moving!

Monday, September 12, 2016

R & R

We were going to be having a busy week with 2 employees out on vacation so we decided to take a quick night away to the mountains. 

 Last time we went camping I left the coffee! I did have decaf Starbucks via which wasn't too bad.  This time the coffee was the first thing in the camper!
 Unfortunately Clear Lake was only 1/2 the lake it usually is so fishing was out of the question.
 The dogs still enjoyed a swim.
 And we enjoyed a little time tucked into the woods away from phones and chores.
And then we slept.....

Find joy in your day!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Aging is Not for Sissies!

 On July 18th we climbed South Sisters. On the flats I fell directly on my knee. As if the descent wasn't hard enough on knees! I rested it and iced it for 4 days then did a training run to prepare for....
 Cascade lakes relay, which took place on July 29th. My knees were feeling pretty good at that time. Then I realized I needed to start training for my half marathon which is September 25th. So I did.
I kept hiking while training and was still feeling pretty good. Until I upped my mileage and  my pace. Then the knee I fell on was waking me up at night throbbing and hurting about the first 5-10 minutes of a run. 
I made an appt with the orthopedic doctor. 
Not only do I have arthritis in my back (diagnosed some time ago) it is in my knees. (I am not a lifetime runner so it isn't from running, but likely genetics,  Thanks mom!) The one I fell on especially was more traumatized because of the fall. The dr gave me a cortisone shot and told me to rest it from vigorous activity for a month to let it heal and then after that  she recommended shorter runs only 3 x a week.  Talk about bummed! It is strange because it didn't hurt previous to the fall.
Funny, I was just reading A Man Called Ove and came across this line:
“One of the most painful moments in a person's life probably comes with the insight that an age has been reached when there is more to look back on than ahead."
― Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

I don't feel like that is painful, but it got me thinking. I'm going to do the half marathon (against the judgment of my dr). I'm going to be proactive with my arthritis, and I'm going to look ahead and make the next 30years or so the best I can make them! I'm running out of time!! LOL

Wish me luck! A few prayers would be helpful too.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Weekend Chill

It was another hot weekend but we were in the mountains so it wasn't too bad. 
The sky both nights was amazing! We didn't stay up late enough to watch the stars but there were plenty after the sun went down. Oh it was super quiet too.
We camped at a hunting spot. The fire pit was about 6' across and 2 feet deep! Needless to say we only made a tiny fire.
We hiked on Saturday. 6.37 with an elevation gain of 1000'. I contemplated trail running  but the trail was rough. Several times we had to make our way around blow downs and even lost the trail at one point.

I could see on my GPS (using you do not need cell service to use it) Independence Mine which we hiked to.

 The Ochoco Forest has huge ponderosa pines that help put life into perspective.

It was a relaxing weekend and a good time to regroup mentally.