I formally gave my notice to the Pikes Peak Marathon folks that I was out for the year and would etch my first DNS down there. My running streak for those races ends at four years. Got a nice note back from Matt Carpenter. I replied asking what his race plans were. Not surprisingly, the e-mail exchange ended there. Guess we'll have to wait 'til race day to see if he toes the line yet again. I hope so. Matt's been sighted running hard up the Barr Trail...so, we'll see.
Most of the runs of late have been local, but had a couple highlights in the last week, including a beautiful circuit in the Mt. Evans State Wildlife Management Area and adjacent Mt. Evans Wilderness Area. This run was just a bit over eight miles with 1,577 feet o' elevation gain on a very hot day. Fortunately, all the creeks and springs kept Maya sated and ready to roll.
|Making our way through a meadow on the Indian Creek Trail|
|These trails don't get much traffic|
|A bit of shade in a park-like meadow in the Mt. Evans State Wildlife Management Area|
|Take your pick.|
|Bear Creek ain't just for bears|
|Hard to believe this is so close to Golden/Arvada.|
|Looking east with downtown Denver in the distance.|
|Brand-spanking new single track on the mesa top. Still has the tracks on it from trail-building equipment.|
|The flowers are digging all the afternoon rain showers.|