Drove up to Grand Mesa with dad, which he had never seen, and which still had a good amount of snow considering how warm it was in the Grand Valley.
At one point he decided to head back to the car and I "ran" around a tiny lake to meet him, through snow drifts and sloppy, muddy spring runoff. More slogging than running, and I couldn't have been happier.
The San Juan range, with Uncompahgre Peak in the middle, below. I think that's Wetterhorn on the right, which was a great hike/climb:
As we were driving back home, my father told a story he had heard about a couple who was moving out here, and as they drove through this valley, one of the spouses was despondent about moving out into a deserted wasteland. I have no idea what they were talking about.
Friday, June 3, 2016
The slickrock and sand of canyon country captures and reflects the heat of the sun, so even a late morning run can be hot. It was about 85° so I took it easy and sought shade, or stood in the breezes coming up over the side of the canyons to cool off.
Distance was 6.54 miles, time 1:52:41 (moving 1:43:40), avg. pace 17:14, moving pace 15:51, max pace 8:38 min/mi, elevation gain/loss 1,155 feet.
at 8:36:00 PM