Rather than look for an easy 5K to be my first race, I chose an interesting one: the Mountain to Meadow 5K at Lolo Pass on June 15th. It was a beautiful day for a run! :)
Beginning at the Lolo Pass Visitor's Center, the paved road quickly turns to dirt with the usual ups and downs of mountain roads. It was more challenging for my first run, but I prefer fresh mountain air, beautiful views, and dirt under my feet. It was definitely a wonderful choice! :)
The terrain was a little different than I expected (I didn't expect to be running uphill at the end), so my time was not quite as good as I'd hoped based on my recent training times. But I was happy with my run: finished under 30 minutes, placed 1st for my age group, 3rd for women (all ages), and 7th of 41 overall. Success and fun! :)
We hiked up Blodgett Overlook earlier this week, but had some extra time left to head up Canyon Creek afterwards. It was definitely less windy in the canyon, so a bit warmer and more enjoyable for this part of our hike. You can read about and see photos of the Blodgett Overlook portion of our hike in my previous post.
Wow! We took a few moments to look around and found a moose leg nearby. We searched the area and discovered more parts randomly scattered about a talus field.
We had no way of knowing the story of what happened. But apparently this moose had either died or been killed in the trail, and then likely various animals had a good meal.
We continued on a ways, getting to only a couple patches of snow on the trail before it was time to turn around. We took a quick break and headed back down the trail again.
It was a cold, windy day for our hike up Blodgett Overlook earlier this week, but it didn't dampen the beauty of the views and wildflowers. And the ground squirrels were fun to watch as usual. :)
Because Blodgett Overlook is a shorter hike, we decided to hike up Canyon Creek that day as well, since they share the same trailhead. I will post info and pics of that part of our hike in my next post.
On another evening hike up Kootenai last night, we were about 3 miles in when we heard some crashing sounds in the brush to our right. We stopped and waited to see what would appear, when this bull moose suddenly came into view. He watched us watch him, not moving on until we did. A wonderful bonus for our after supper hike. Long or short or in between, our hikes are always lots of fun! :)
It was too nice out to stay inside after supper, so we headed up Kootenai for a quick little hike. What a wonderful way to enjoy the last couple hours of daylight tonight. :)
This is my daughter's rendition of Big Creek Lake from one of my photos on our backpack trip last year. :)
I squeezed in a quick drive through the refuge after taking the girls to their dentist appointments this morning and before heading to work this afternoon. We were blessed with the opportunity to watch seven sandhill cranes and a great blue heron in various places along the way. Always fun to see and hear the wildlife. :)
Thanks for following along on my mountain adventures. I'll see you on the next one...
A nice sunny day after a streak of dreary ones, and my first thoughts after work are to get in a walk at the refuge on the Kenai Nature Trail. It's a great place to soak up some sunshine while looking for wildlife and enjoying a beautiful view of the mountains.
Some of the snow has definitely melted since our last trip a couple of weeks ago, so we had a good mix of snow and bare ground, along with some standing water and mushy mud. I think it might be possible that spring could have officially arrived.
On today's outing we had the opportunity to see a porcupine, a muskrat, a couple of ground squirrels chasing each other, along with plenty of ducks and geese. :)
Hi! I'm Nikki Weiss, and I'd like to welcome you to my blog, "Out Here", where I share my love for nature, mountains, and Montana. Located in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of western Montana.
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