Hellgate Creek Trailhead, just moments after singing the National Anthem...ready for adventure!
after being out on the trail for a while, i thought i heard someone behind me!
it was not burrrr-cold (balmy weather, actually, for this time of year), but it was burrr-y...with all sorts of little hitchhiker type things attaching themselves through the night!
the course was well marked with these reflective streamers...such a welcome sight when the sleep monsters were settling in!
Ahh! you could see this delight WAY way off in the distance as you contoured back & forth, back & forth and....on & on!! along the mountain. Coming up to it and feeling the warmth of the fire & folks was so wonderful: Camping Gap Aid Station #3.
lots of trail beauties still hanging on in December...
the first morning light starts to show...
the moon was all a-glow
Jennings Creek, Aid Station #5 - happy, shining faces as dawn broke
There were many scenes and stages of foggy-ness along the course
come on sunshine!
Full on! Hello! Good Morning!!!
The sun just totally lit up the trail...
...and then there were still these fabulous views
anybody out there???
the trail just kept rolling
the greens of mosses were bursting trailside
why, hello! Aid Station #7 Bearwallow/42.5miles. Thank you for being there!
would you look at that? total trail love.
it's true, more than once i got up close & personal with the rocks, moss & leaves : ) luckily, no show-stoppers!
Aid Station #8 Bobblets Gap. I think i drank mountain dew here!!!
darn tough socks (thanks Darn Tough) and the little burr that was with me since Petites Gap/around mile 7.5...i talked to this little burr A LOT throughout the course of the run : )