Not in the mood for a normal trail run, I headed off for a little change of pace - the Manitou Incline! I love the climb up the Incline and the subsequent run down Barr Trail. Steve isn't as big a fan as me so I am FORCED to SNEAK over on Mondays occasionally. SNEAK is the operative word because Steve is not fond of me going there by myself as he is fearful of four-legged animals and two-legged animals 'getting me'. I "forgot" (ahem) to call and inform him of my plan on the short drive over . Oops, my bad. I was thoughtful enough, however, to leave him a note on the kitchen counter, before I left, telling him how awesome he is, that I love him, and that BTW, I went to the Incline - just in case one of the species of animals did 'get me' - they would know the approximate vicinity to search for my whereabouts.
Anyway, I found a nice parking spot and headed up to the start. Rumors have been floating around the past few weeks of a 'gestapo' squad issuing citations to the hordes participating in the fun of
It was a good climb today. My fastest time EVER was quite a few years ago, when I was in good bike shape - 32 minutes - fairly respectable. I've come close to matching it but not quite. Today I did it in 33 minutes, 30 seconds. Very happy since I am coming back from a few down months. I will get it, again, one of these days.
Took the new camera to play with today - a Canon SD 960 Digital Elph. Unfortunately, I didn't do it justice as I managed to wash out any color that was available on a mostly gray day. Steve will be giving me his tips and tricks on focus and teaching me about the different settings.
Eager to start the march upward
Expansive views from the top - one mile and 2000 feet elevation gain
Peering through the trees to Garden of the Gods
Snow dusted switchback on Barr Trail
Dilapidated flume near the trail
It ended up a most excellent day. I enjoy the peace and quiet solitude the trail affords. It allows me to think about life and people. I have quiet conversations with God (I should probably talk less and listen more!). I ponder with a heart of gratitude the countless blessings that enrich my life daily from my wonderful husband to dear family and friends and all the 'stuff' that fills it in and makes it full and complete. Life's not always perfect but it most often is good. I am thankful, indeed. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Trails to everyone this week!
Here are a couple of 'Go Fast Up the Incline' songs that rev me up! :-)
And if you need a dose of BIG TIME winter sports, go watch this video - This.Is.Sick: