Saturday, June 23, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I got in a run of a little over 20 miles on the Hoh River Trail, out and back. Also visited Crescent Lake (great clam chowder) and Olympic hot springs, which were heavenly. I'd always wanted to soak in backcountry hot springs and finally had the chance--oooooh! Here's where I was testing the water; the one we actually soaked in was even nicer.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
That was pretty cool. Two minutes later, however, something even more cool happened. Sitting beside the road was this blue grouse--obviously male and obviously trying to attract a mate--all puffed up, strutting around, and thrumming his tune. *I* was impressed!
He could run, too!
Hoping for a herd of elk and maybe a mountain lion tomorrow? :-)
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Some eerily beautiful woods on the way up. Yep, this region gets a lot of rainfall...
View from the summit ridge. Clouds were in and out all day but yippee! -- no rain. I almost expected Heidi and her goats to go strolling by.
Today I ran ~3 hours on Kitsap Penninsula's Green Mountain and Gold Hill. These were predominantly mountain biking trails, but being midweek I had the trails mostly to myself. At one point I came around a corner and encountered a mama deer with her little fawn standing in the trail. Neither seemed particularly afraid of me, so I slowly scooted around them. I could have reached out and touched the fawn's nose--it was that close! Although sorely tempted, I did not try to touch it, of course. Alas, the camera was sitting in the car!
Will be back in the Olympics for most of the weekend. Hoh Rainforest, here we come! :) Hope everyone reading this has a great one!!
Monday, June 11, 2007
Trillium... most were white, but there were a couple of shades of purple here & there as well:
Spending the next few weeks in Washington State to climb mountains, run beautiful trails, and DRINK GOOD COFFEE! :) Ahh, yes... one of the things I love about WA is all the little drive-through espresso stands in the tiniest of towns. This is the bridge crossing the mouth of the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon. And below is the quaint town of Astoria with the same bridge in the background:
And THIS is the Astoria Column , the top of which can be reached by climbing a circular staircase of 164 steps. Kind of reminded me of climbing the Leaning Tower of Pisa as a child... only this one was skinnier... and not leaning. The exterior artwork was pretty cool.
An interesting factoid: this is the area where Lewis & Clark wintered upon finally reaching the Pacific Ocean. The NPS has erected a "replica" of their fort on, or at least very near, the actual site, as well as a visitors' center, etc.