"Herminating" - (verb) - to run around in the fog on Mt Herman, with a few "technical" spots.
"Hermination" - (adjective) - to run around in the fog on Mt Herman with Steve for 13 1/2 miles over a bunch of technical terrain, going past an active shooting range, climbing well over 2000 feet - and finishing feeling like a good run was achieved.
I'm not that skilled with grammer - so I'm not sure if the Herman___ words are nouns, verbs, adjectives or even words - but they aptly described our Saturday morning run.
Was the second weekend in a row to run with Steve, second weekend also to run in fog / mist - which is a bit rare in Colorado.
|Mt Herman - under a blanket of fog|
Being unfamiliar with the trails and how much climbing to expect - I wasn't pushing as hard as Steve as we meandered our way up and to the South. One thing became fairly evident - a lot of rocks, good size step ups and around, so really had to concentrate on where to place the feet.
As the sun peeked through at times we could look across to the East and make out the town of Monument and Black Forest to the East of that. Because we were mostly headed SW we could see the Air Force Academy also - catching a glimpse of the Chapel on one occasion.
After about 5 3/4 miles - the last mile of which was a good bit of climbing in which I resorted to my "barely call it a run but if I was to walk then I would be even slower" running style - we made it to Mt Herman road. Briefly stopping for a fuel break - we saw a couple of signs.....
|"No Shooting" sign - with approx 20 bullet holes in it|
As we began our descent into Limbaugh Canyon, thankfully being able to pick up our pace, a wonderful ricochet from the gun range spurred us on even quicker. As the gunfire noises became more distant we were behind Mt herman and cruising along the single track in the meadows, involving some nice creek crossings, much smoother trails. Was really pretty and unfortunately I didn't get any photos of that stretch.
About 9 1/2 miles in we came to what Steve informed me was called "Inspiration Point" - this was when the fog had just started rolling back in from the North. Another quick break to eat and take some photos before we moved on.
|Palmer Lake in the fog in the distance (about 11 o'clock)|
|Nice little pond / rock outcrop about a mile from the end of the run|