|The NW Traveling Crew: Lysa, Mort, PJ & Kendall (in Nevada)|
Our first stop was at my old boss' farm - where he moved a few years ago. It is quite a change from suburban Denver life and he's jumped in with both feet - and a whole lot of livestock and vegetables!
|Boss Bob explaining his garden to Mort and PJ|
|Buffalo Bill State Park/reservoir shoreline - September 13, 2016|
|Old Faithful Geyser Hill trail view - September 14, 2016|
|Old Faithful Geyser Basin|
Montana & Idaho (September 15, 2016)
While Wyoming was two trails for one state, Montana and Idaho were one trail - the NorPac trail - for two states. My run started at the Lookout Pass Ski Area which straddles the state line. I dipped down into Montana for a few miles & back, then into Idaho for a few miles & back - singing all the way to let the bears know I was coming.
|NorPac (Northern Pacific) Trail history sign|
|Lookout Pass ski area today|
|Montana side of the NorPac trail - stellar autumn colors|
|Idaho side of the NorPac trail - a tall-pine corridor|
|Finishing Idaho - State #9 in the Trail Quest!|
Washington (September 17, 2016)
Washington offered the germination of the Northwest Extravaganza idea - all for the Beat the Blerch trail race on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail beginning in Carnation, Washington. And what a race it was! Rain! Mud! Trail! Costumes! Great Great Fun!!!!
|Packet pickup time|
|Oh how I love a run in the rain!|
|I love love love running in the mud!|
|Finally I get to eat cake!|
Oregon gave us a chance to visit our eldest, revel at the magnificence of the Pacific Ocean & Oregon coast, run the 804 trail (part of the Oregon Coast Trail) and visit with Kendall's sister, our niece and her family. A most excellent chunk of the trip!
|Cannon Beach visit with Corinne, Devon- and Kendall who is trying not to get pushed into the waves|
|Niece Shana, her boys Tony & Andrew, sister Cheryl, and Kendall|
at Shana's new house in Medford
And the trail portion of the Oregon adventure (#11 of the Trail Quest) (September 20, 2016)
|The "official" Oregon Coast Trail sign|
|The "804" trail sign|
|Would you just look at that ocean behind me! Magnificent!!!|
California - September 22, 2016
My Rails-to-Trails book claims that the Bizz Johnson trail is arguably the most beautiful of the California rail trails - plus it has tunnels and bridges and follows a river - so how could I pass it up?!
I must confess, Nevada is not my most favorite state and I wondered just where I would find a trail to run that would be fun yet quintessential Nevada. Aha! A Pony Express Trail - to what the BLM describes as "the best preserved Pony Express Station, the Cold Springs Station." Built in 1860, it went out of use when the Pony Express went out of use in 1861. The trail was certainly Nevada-esque: dirt, rock, scrub, lizards (one running right between my legs!), and coyotes howling, yipping & barking just one gully over. At that point, I seriously considered turning around but I figured if my Trail #13 was to be a run to the Pony Express Station I needed to continue on to that Pony Express Station - so I picked up handsful of rocks and on to the Station I went! (No coyotes were ever spotted - but a hare, more lizards, the Cold Springs Station and magnificent views graced the run throughout.)
|"XP Trail 1860 1861" marker|
|Station walls looking southwest|
|Station walls looking northeast|
|Armed for coyotes|
|Nevada! State #13! Done!|