Okay so this morning's 4 miler in -3 degrees with a windchill of minus 20 or so was a test, but once I turned around with the wind at my back I actually started to get too warm. But Monday's 13 mile lap of Falcon Trail in 8 - 10 inches of snow was awesome, albeit a little slower than normal.
And then there was yesterday, my 8 mile loop of Mt Herman. Last week I did it in 2 hours, almost half of that time is the first 1 1/3 miles in which almost 1500' of elevation gain takes place - last week was snow covered too. But not like yesterday in which I was over knee deep in many places and averaging a foot deep of fluffy powder the whole way around.
Highlights had to be several faceplants - almost cartoon like one of them where I am fairly certain all but my feet were sticking out of a snow bank. I had the trails almost all to myself, the occasional wildlife tracks crossed the paths at times. Slow going, but so pretty. After almost 3 hours I got back to my car exhausted and very hungry. A stop at Rosies Diner on the way home helped with that.
Pictures don't do the run / hike / occasional crawling on all fours and awesome fun I had - justice. But here is what I took.....
|Summit of Mt Herman (approx 9070')|
|The trail goes through here somewhere|
|Inside Limbaugh Canyon|
|Thank you Rosie's Diner|