Our plan was to meet at Albertson's at 7:33 on Saturday morning. I like to make our meeting times unusual just to mix things up. I arrived at 7:20. Why was I so early when I am usually the one who is late? Well, I had to a certain animal to take care of......
Anyway. We headed up Horseshoe Bend rd to the trail head in Avimor. We were trying to read Michele's trail book as we drove to determine where in the world we were supposed to park. As it turned out we parked in the WRONG place.
The trail head we started at was 9A. I had my running buddies pose for a morning start photo.
His photo truly captures what it is like to run with Kris. No other words are needed!
This trail we had NEVER run before. We had never even heard of it before. Michele sounded so sure of herself and the directions that she had read. We took off! I spent at least 10 minutes harassing them for how warm they were dressed. I had on shorts and one long sleeves on. They were layered up like crazy. Please note, I was perfect temperature during the run, other "runners" who will not name, were too warm.
|Michele showing Kris that we are NOT lost!|
We were not even a mile in when Kris began to announce we were lost. "You do NOT know where you are going!" This was because the trail numbers were not quite matching up with Michele's directions. I kept saying, "Let's just run another half mile and see where it takes us." Well it took us up a HUGE hill that was almost impossible to climb. Michele and Kris stayed at the bottom while I climbed to see if I could get some trail sightings.
I couldn't quite tell so I made them climb up and join me. HAHA
A mile in Kris yelled again, "You do NOT know where you two are going!" We didn't but we were not about to admit it. We just saying, "Let's just run another half mile and see where we are."
Then .... TADA! We found the rail that was in Michele's description!
This trail was unbelievable, incredible, beautiful, wonderful, picturesque, captivating, did I saw wonderful? We loved it. The fall colors were amazing!
We were running along enjoying this breathtaking run when suddenly we hear Kris yell from behind. We both stop, turn and find her climbing back up to the trail. She looked down at her watch and just ran off the trail and down a small ravine. That woman!?!?! How does she survive on the trails without us?
AS we finished this glorious run, we came out to the end of the trail and had no clear idea where we were. I started to head towards the street figuring it would eventually lead to the car. Kris had other ideas. She was SURE it was up the next ridge. So she started plowing up the hill, Michele close behind her. As I turned to follow them I looked back and guess what I saw....... THE CAR!!! "There's the Car." I yelled and turned BACK around. I guess Miss I don't run more than 7 miles on the trails was actually up for another loop today.
Some more pictures from the run........
|Here we are smiling when we found "Stack Junior"|
|We stopped to vote on whether or not we would shower after our race next or if we will just hit the road. I am giving the thumbs up to hit the road.|
|This was an awesome down hill of switch backs!|
|I am blocking the sun with my hand. If you look closely you can see stack rock.|