Sunday, October 6, 2013

Steamboat Anniversary Runs

So this here is one of those catch up posts.

Outside of the glee of DNFs in every ultra I started this year, there were some actual "fun" runs.  As I have mentioned many times, the most fun I have running is almost always with "teh wifey".  Teh wifey loves to run, she is good at running, and could be really quite accomplished at running if those silly things like teaching our four children, living life, loving our church members, and all the other parts of her many jobs didn't get in the way.

That being said, we got to celebrate fifteen years of marital bliss this July.  As part of the celebration we went up to one of our new favorite places to go, Steamboat Springs, CO.  Last year I futilely attempted the Run Rabbit Run 100 and other than the running result, we really enjoyed the area.  Thus it worked for our summer plans to leave our kids with family and head up together for a few days of relaxation and non-stop smiling at each other.

I really like spending time with my best friend.  This trip was no different.  Of course one of the highlights was running parts of the course on fish creek trail and up to Mt. Werner.  We couldn't take the direct ski run route up to Mt. Werner due to construction but we got to see a lot of the mountain.  Here are some highlights on the trip up Fish Creek.


The trail is beautiful though it does get a bit rocky at times...


 My beautiful bride...



There are waterfalls these are some of them.

This picture is one of my favorites.  I took a similar picture (below) that was taken during last year's race.  Now I need to get up here every year to take the same picture...



and other assorted views....






and finally perhaps the most interesting picture...



Why would I be showing a blurry picture of the trail and claiming it is the most interesting?  Well as we were bombing down the trail, the sun was quickly descending over the horizon.  Teh wifey had stopped to retie her shoe and so I stopped as well.  At that moment I looked down the trail and saw a bear walking up the trail towards us.  This was invigorating.  I was slow in getting the camera out, and we had started making a lot of noise to encourage him to take a detour so the only glimpse of him is a hind foot that shows up as a dark blob right in the middle of the photo.  Really it's there!  At any rate we were glad he decided to head off the trail, as there was really thick underbrush on either side and we really didn't feel like bushwhacking through and finding the rest of the bear clan (hello mama bear?) waiting for us.

All in all about eleven miles total, a few thousand feet of elevation gain,  a beautiful sunset, a visit from a blond bear, and a great way to celebrate an anniversary!


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