Stuart Johnson, one of the friends that talked me into this race, at the starting line of the first event - the Friday 50k.
Steve Kirk, the RD, welcoming everyone to the weekend and the 50k start.
Wondering what this is going to be like!
Looking behind me at the first big stream crossing. It's mid-March so that water's still cold!
Wow, the first of a zillion spectacular views.
Ahh, blissful, rocky trail...this is going to be great!
Ick. After so many miles of beautiful, we run through a clearcut.
Yikes, this is a bit more than a casual stream crossing!
It's more like a river crossing!
A section through fragrant juniper forest.
And another deep stream crossing...
...followed by yet another! Actually feels fantastic on the feet.
None of these crossings are puddles.
Coming up out of the stream crossing through a growth of river cane.
Yay, more rocks! Love it!!!
Just what you'd expect in the middle of nowhere...a staircase.
We're way high up here.
Typical trail for the 50K course.
Can't beat these views. This is a stunning course. Can't wait to see what Saturday and Sunday have in store.
Miles of beautiful forest.
Rocky stairs down and an abrupt stream crossing near the end of the 50K.
The view from the bridge at the campground. We crossed this at the start this morning. The water is incredibly clear.
Looking back from the bridge to the campground. You can see our neighbors (the RV) in the far left above the creek.
Speedy Stuart, already changed and done soaking his feet in the water.
Rob coming into the 50K finish.
He paced well today and will probably have plenty of reserve left for the big 50 miler tomorrow.
Headed to the 50k finish. Turn right at the sign, through the woods and up to the pavilion where we started.
A few miles into the 50-miler. It's a wet, chilly morning but at least the thunderstorms blew through during the night and stopped right before the run started.
Jerry Frost, the other person responsible for getting me here, headed through a trail passage between the rocks.
You can't see it, but this is the first of many waterfalls on today's course.
Finally, some daylight and no more headlamps. Looks like more stunning views today!
The prettiest waterfall of all, through water-drops.
Jerry, looking way too clean and fit for the second day. My own legs are stiff and kinda tired from yesterday's 50K.
This would be a fantastic swimming hole in the summer!
The view south from a bridge crossing.
And the view north.
Rob, also looking very clean and rested for the day.
Yep, Jerry's on trail. We're approaching the finish of the 50-miler. It's been an incredibly tough day - too tough for photos. We were pushing cutoff way too close at the turnaround, but we're almost home free now.
Finishing the 50-miler, just barely in the dark. Rob climbing over one of the countless downfalls from the recent tornado.
Stuart (left), a friend, and Jerry (right) on Sunday morning at the start of the 20K (that's only 12 miles, thank goodness).
Only 12 miles but we still manage to go high for one last view. Keep in mind that the start and finish are both down on the river, so we have to get back down there to finish.
The only time I can get ahead enough of Jerry and Rob to snap a photo. After the past two long, hard endurance runs of the past two days, this has been an incredibly fast run. I had no idea we could run this fast!
Rob and Jerry (in yellow shirt) gaining ground on the blue-shirted runner.
The happy, anaerobic team at the end. Rob, me, and Jerry. It's been a blast!
Doing the smart thing before getting in the car for a long drive - roll up the pants for a cold soak.
One last look at campground and beach.
Some last words before we part. I get to see Jerry and Stuart again at Superior Trail in the fall. Nothing beats good trail, good times, and especially good friends.