If you’re lucky enough to be in the mountains, you’re lucky enough!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sights and Scenes

We put together a little photo documentary of what trail running exploits we have been up to for the past couple weeks.  We, as in Kathleen has been running enough lately that it has been a lot of US running together - I dig that!  It's Sunday night and I'm a bit tired, so words will be few and photos plenty :)

Garden of the Gods
Postcard day at the Garden... as always!
Looking down on the west side of the big rock formations -
Lots of runners will be on that road next week for the Garden 10 Miler
Peregrine Falcon on Dakota Trail - we rounded a corner and there he was right next to the trail - look at the size of that talon!  He was magnificent!
Happy Trails DUO
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Trailhead with a Great View!
Yes, our feet occasionally touch pavement....
Already warm but we're smiling!
Coming down Blackmere Trail

Palmer Park
Edna Mae Bennett Nature Trail at Palmer Park
Palmer Point Trail with a view that makes it hard to concentrate
Kathleen climbing the front side of Palmer Point Trail
Cool rocks on the Templeton Trail
Kathleen rolling on the Greencrest Trail
Climbing Grandview with the foothills across the horizon
Cruising the Kinnickinnick Trail - say that 10 times fast!
 More fun on the K... Trail
Cacti are in bloom EVERYWHERE!

Red Rock Canyon/Section 16
Section 16 connector from RRC - just getting the climb going!
On the steeps now, climbing in earnest on the Intemann Trail - the shade on the steep climb
was nice, as it got hot early today!
The saddle before the high point of Section 16 - note the steep switchbacks
of High Drive cut into the far canyon wall.
Just about ready for a long descent!
Looking back up the entrance to Section 16 from High Drive
Bottom of High Drive - cars can only come down this side, no driving up
Back down into Red Rock - looking out across to Garden of the Gods
Roundup Trail runs out the bottom of the canyon
Top of Roundup, looking across to the hills of Section 16 and Intemann Trail

It has been a GOOD couple of weeks - Happy Trails!


Alene Gone Bad said...

You guys are so lucky to have trails like that! Great to see Kathleen out there too!

Johann said...

Very beautiful! All the photos look like Gardens of the Gods to me. Have a great week!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

I don't think I'd ever get bored running in such a beautiful place. I like Thorlo, Drymax and Balega socks, too - good brands.

Nell at njschout said...

Love the pictures!

GZ said...

Okay everyone, these pix were not Colorado. Trust me. You don't want to come to Colorado because all of these shots were actually taken in New Jersey.

Terzah said...

Yay to you both! Kathleen looks fantastic and hope she is feeling as good!

Ace said...

Awesome pics, always giving me ideas on where I need to go next.

ajh said...

Is Round UP where I raced (and I use that word loosely) last time I was there?
I can't wait to get there. Thanks for the inspirational pics. I just need to get everything done at work. Yikes!

Generation X (Slomohusky) said...

if the Cali coast was my front yard. the colorado rockies my backyard. i would be in heaven.

Generation X (Slomohusky) said...

btw that Falcon pix - amazing you were able to catch that one. great pix.

Peter N. Jones said...

Great photos! What kind of camera are you carrying? Trails look great too!

Kathy said...

GOOD hardly describes it - absolutely stunning. I WILL find the time to come down and run with you guys sometime soon!

Glenn Jones said...

Wow. Such tremendous scenery! Even us Californians are jealous. Until the first snow falls.....

Jill said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome! Mostly because those runs entailed the TWO of you together. That makes me smile :).

I was laughing on the pavement picture. Nothing like a little pavement to appreciate the trails that much more (me too, really!).

I'm still debating about Garden of the Gods. Wondering if I can lollygag it and make the cutoff. If I do make it down, I'll let you know. Can't do brunch after with AJH but if I make it down and you're around, I'll be sure to say Hi. :)

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