The Go-To Trail, Run, Ride, evolution…

Priorities yesterday precluded a trip to the mountains. And that is the time for one of my Go-To Trails in the hills.

A Go-To (hike, run, ride, routine) is a friend to you and your training days. This friend can enrich your life and make you more consistent. You may see your go-to as a “done that,” yet they are really more like snowflakes.

So yesterday I went to an open space at the edge of a nearby hillside neighborhood with a wonderful view of the place I couldn’t get to: the mountains. There, I start high, go low, then return high up hill. I hiked the downhills, and ran the uphills and flats.

I found new game trail loops, a section of oil and gas service road, and soft, green grass vistas. The ground was softened by recently melted snow. It was about 50F out.

Started with about 30 minutes of sun left, and the hundreds of red winged blackbirds in the wetland draws riving these hills were singing their hearts out. As soon as the sun was patently behind the mountains they all went totally silent.

My Go-To was not what I expected. It was better.

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Storm Watch from Snowy Hills

An hour hike yesterday…

starting out

starting out

bit further along

bit further along

curious about that hilly ridge south of me

curious about that hilly ridge south of me

where the hike went off trail uphill to the south

where the hike went off trail uphill to the south

gained a hill shoulder, looking west into the storm...

gained a hill shoulder, looking west into the storm…

and east toward the plains

and east toward the plains

found a snow dune

found a snow dune

and a volcanic rock, a bomb from some ancient eruption or a meteorite or a foreign rock brought in by an old rancher as a joke on passers-by

and a volcanic rock, a bomb from some ancient eruption or a meteorite or a foreign rock brought in by an old rancher as a joke on passers-by

backtracking east to the curious ridge
backtracking east to the curious ridge

back west, snow dunes from above and the mountain storm
back west, snow dunes from above and the mountain storm

higher
higher

and the contrasting west

and the contrasting west

the curious ridge is edge of a flattop hill

the curious ridge is edge of a flattop hill

 

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storm views, a frozen lake from the top

storm views, a frozen lake from the top

Forested Crag Short Hike

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at the craggy hilltop the view through the trees to the great blue beyond

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name that track?

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Punching-in at an anonymous steep forest off-trail hikeā€¦lost in time and space for a short while, found prints, and a blue haven at the top. A windy, bracing hill walk. Memorable.

Coalton Trail

After the seasonal bug from Hades ran through our house for a couple of weeks, this was my return to above ground on Saturday:

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The mountain bikers saw one of four of us hiking this foothill trail, my circuit being an hour and twenty minutes.

Went off trail to see where adjoining ranchers left horse hoof prints along the fence lines, and rusty barrels for target practice.

When our house had “gone viral” my training was solely slow muscle movement training, static hold muscle training, and range-of-motion.

Run, Hike, & Walk for the Sky

Reflections in the Sky

Reflections in the Sky: Often we walk, hike, or run for feel of the road, the passing sights, the way our bodies change. All good. Yet sometimes it’s all about the sky.