Monday, February 16, 2009

Take a Hike

After a week of "adapting and embracing", I was pretty much spent come the end of the week. However, I was looking forward to sunday's "workout", which was a hike. I definitely welcomed it as a needed a chance to unwind (mentally), and being out there in nature has a tendency to just "do it" for me.

As an aside, Chuckie wrote a rather thoughtful blog post last week inspired by my amateurendurance.com follow the amateur video. This workout pretty much backs up everything we both said, and has probably been the best "workout" I have had in months. The timing was, as they say, impeccable.

So, I packed my camera, some food and water, headed over to mission gorge, made sure I had no plan, and set off on my journey...

Big ass paw prints. I should have put my hand down for comparison, because they were almost the size of my hand.



First destination...



Nice path...


Chuckie, kind of remind you of this?


The next destination after Fortuna's...


The view of the hike coming UP North Fortuna...



Where I was headed...



Vast


You have no idea how good this tasted...


Is it me, or does this trunk look like a dog/dragon with its mouth open?


What to do when approaching a river crossing where your shoes will get wet?

Take your shoes off! Ironically, these were the song socks I wore during a very wet IMLP last year. You'd also be surprised as to how many people ended their hike at this crossing.


What is it about just throwing a rock? Ever wonder?



NOT flat...


Also, be sure to check out primal fusion - lots of good stuff happening over there!

4 comments:

Shan said...

I love hiking at Fortuna - it is SO gorgeous. I like how Chuckie incorporates hiking in your training - I think it's really important to train your ligaments and tendons (which hiking really does!), as well as your muscles!

Oh, I have some great primal recipes that I will email you (probably via Facebook).

MJ said...

Fortuna... hmmm... never been. Would like to go though. That PayDay made my mouth water damn you....

Nikee Pomper said...

Awesome Pics!

Paul said...

I love the mission trails thing. Lemme know if you want to run it one of these days. Not many rattle snakes this time of year. :)