09 September 2012

Crescent Bar to Gorge Amphitheatre trail run

Nice! I love new trails. A LOT. Throw in incredible weather, some awesome views and it's just that much better.

Shelley and I were in the Crescent Bar Resort with some friends to celebrate a pair of 40th birthdays and I just knew there had to be a trail half way up the cliff. I talked to a local and sure enough, he gave me directions.

ASIDE - the directions sucked! It took me one freaking hour to find the trailhead which was about 10 miles from the resort... But I was determined and figured it out. Yes!

There is a plateau about half way up the canyon wall which is a couple of hundred meters wide and goes for ever seemingly. The trail runs down the middle of this plateau. I was sort of wishing it was closer to the edge so I could look down and see the river but this was still super cool. The scenery/foliage here is so different from Seattle! It was s thrill just to be here.

I ran along looking at the rocks, plants, insects and tiny animals marveling at the quiet when suddenly up ahead there appears the Gorge Amphitheatre. One minute it's all dry and dusty rocks with no sign of civilization and then there is this huge venue with an enormous hill of green grass. If you pretend that you are miles and miles from civilization (I like to let my mind wander) then it was like coming out of the wilderness and seeing where the aliens landed and dropped off their technology. Sort of. It was a really cool sight anyway.

I enjoyed the view, ate my gel and turned around. Heading back to the car was just as scenic.

I guess this trail runs MUCH further, it would be fun to run all the way some day.

Sleep 6
Waking HR  
Body Weight  
Body Fat  
Workout Food bottle w/1 scoop HEED and 1 tablet Nuun, gel
Time of Day 8:15 AM
Workout Type FUN (endurance)
Weather 70, sunny, dry, calm
Course rolling doubletrack, mostly fine dirt/sand with some rocks
Equipment hand held bottle, Brooks Launch
Clothing Brooks Infinity Short III

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