We’ve gotten into a routine which includes walks to the dog park at first light. The mountains seem to look different every morning.
The afternoons usually include a hike. On this particular day, I tried to see how far I could get up Little Browns Creek trail. I was able to make it to 9850ft before it flattened out and the snow pack set in.
We also climbed Midland Hill several times.
This morning we woke up to a couple inches of snow. It will melt quickly, but it’s a reminder that summer isn’t here yet.
The dogs love it here. They can’t get enough of exploring under every rock.
This was a strange week. I had looked at the weather forecast so I knew to expect some awesome days and then awful days. I spent two days running in the Four Mile area where my upcoming 50 miler takes place. The area is deceivingly tough. While it looks flat, there is nothing flat- the trails roll in and out of small drainage’s which make it really tough. The area has little cover so the wind whips up a lot of dust. I also took the dogs up Midland hill and there was still a lot of snow up on top, but the river was still needed when they got down.
When we got back, the dogs took advantage of the new grass in the courtyard.
The warm weather brought out the ground squirrels so the dogs have been obsessed looking under every rock
And then, the second half of the week came. We walked back from Whiskey Wednesday in the snow.
The poor weather gave me an excuse to cook. I made 6 wraps of campfire salmon and a giant pot of veggie chili. To give a little perspective, I put my large Yeti cup next to the chili pot.
The dinning room chairs also came so I had another project to keep me busy while inside.
Even though I’ve been to yoga everyday this week, being cooped-up was driving me nuts so I went out for a run today. The weather was high 30’s and sunny when I left, but when I got to the top of Midland hill 49 minutes later, a snow storm has set in. It was snowing fairly hard for about an hour and then cleared up so I extended my run north on the Broken Boyfriend Trail. I put my Strava feed for the climb below since this is my benchmark to beat this summer.
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It’s time to head back to BV but Preston and I had a 30k the day before. We both did well. I set a new PR for this race and even though Preston hasn’t run a 30k in 6 years, he came in less than 20 minutes behind me.
The next morning Tracy and I left for BV. Since I’m here the entire summer, every space in the truck was packed but Darby still managed to spread out on her bed for the trip.
We did make it to Deerhammer a couple nights for drinks. It’s the shoulder season in BV so a lot of the restaurants are closed and many locals are out of town.
Over Thanksgiving we bought a pass for Mt Princeton Hot Springs and we finally got a chance to try it out. It’s pretty cool to lay in Chalk Creek and feel hot. It was a great day to be outside.
Afterwards we sat on the deck with a drink. Izzy enjoys watching the people walk in the park.
Tracy left on Friday but I had deliveries of new chairs and a new dishwasher. I managed to get it installed without much difficulty.
On Saturday, the dogs and I drove out to Avalanche Trailhead. The trail lived up to it’s name, as the other side of the canyon had experienced two massive slides. The trees that were plowed from the road are stacked 15′ high on the shoulders. We were able to get to the top of the ridge before the snow got too deep- Darby enjoyed rolling in it. They both had a blast, especially when they found the dead frozen squirrel in the snow.
When we got back, I ripped up one of the flower beds and replaced it with some fake turf for the dogs.