Anyhow, running this weeks was very enjoyable. I feel like a kid again. My goal is to just get out, have fun, and do it again tomorrow. For years that was my philosophy and it worked great. The last couple years I tried to actually "train" for races by having a very structured routine throughout the week. That didn't work so well. And I think why it didn't work was that it was no fun. Looking back on the last couple years I see that I did a pretty good job of sucking all the fun out of running. In some ways, its almost kind of humorous.
Running has really been good lately and I know its because I've finally got the right perspective again. If you have fun and do the best you can, that's all you can ask for. If you want anything outside of that, you're probably losing perspective on what is all about.
But enough of that mumbo jumbo, here's some great picture from our trip around Three Fingered Jack. Mom, Jacob, and I circumnavigated Three Fingered Jack on Saturday and it was a cooker. I think it was 88 when we got back to the car, but you're pretty much in the open (okay in the dead trees) the whole time so you really feel the sun. I think the pictures stop when we are about halfway done because after that we were just running through the burn and it was hot.
|Mt. Washington with the Three Sisters behind|
|Mom and Jacob climbing through the rocks|
|It looks like Jacob was too fast for the photographer|
|Not much snow left now|
|Three Fingered Jack|
|Goats - we saw 5 goats on the slopes of Three Fingered Jack|
There's at least 2 in this picture and the third blurry white spot might be one too
|Mom and Jacob with Three Fingered Jack in the background|
|Three Fingered Jack|
|Live trees, with dead trees behind them. It looked way cooler than the picture does|
|Another angle of Three Fingered Jack|
|Heading up to Canyon Creek meadows|
|Jacob with Canyon Creek meadows below up|
|The Fingered Jack|
|Lots of burned trees to run through today|
|Left to Right: Broken Top, Bachelor, North Sister, Middle Sister, South Sister, Mt. Washington, The Husband (just poking out right of Mt. Washington)|
|Mom with Three Fingered Jack behind|