From pony keg to six pack!

From pony keg to six pack!

Jim, my  long time friend,  trail running partner, and beer drinking buddy on the trail down from Emerald Mountain.  He is also on the home page in the Maroon Bells Snowmass  Wilderness Area in late September of 2008.  Notice something missing?  He lost his pony keg  and replaced it with a six pack.  In weight terms, Jim went from 208 to 178 and now he is fast!  We use to take turns kicking each other’s butts on runs but now he is the clear winner.  If I dropped 30 pounds I would suddenly disappear, as  I could probably make my high school wrestling weight in about a week.  So… now we actually run probably more miles on a given run, eat well and drink weller and run wellest and less of what we used to do – drink a lot of cheap beer after runs in quantity – Jim always called it Busching our teeth, as in Busch Bavarian. Seven or eight of those apiece and we would finally get to our favorite micro ales.  Locally, after runs, we often find ourselves at Butcherknife Brewing.  Located a mile north of US 40 on 129, the atmosphere is fun, the beer is good and a food truck is standing by for orders.  Today’s run, up the backside of Emerald Mountain, included running a new trail, Morning Gloria.  The trail systems for Howelson Hill can be accessed at the Steamboat Winter Sports club building.  Trails crisscross all over Emerald Mountain.  When in Steamboat… do it!  Today’s beer de jour is Rob’s Blonde a 4.2% easy drinking session.  Followed by their Amputator IPA at 7.2%.  Trail well, drink weller!  dg

Arroyo Running and Bushwacking in New Mexico

Arroyo Running and Bushwacking in New Mexico

Running in Comanche Canyon near Ghost Ranch New Mexico offered interesting challenges.  The beauty of the desert is hard to cross because of the terrain and with no official trail.  However, that’s when it gets interesting!  Water finds its path of least resistance after a storm.  But with enough force, time and tools water will cut through rock to find its way downhill.  In July, a monster rain sent water crashing through this arroyo with a wall of water 10 -15 feet high in places on its way to Abiquiu Lake.  But Mother Nature recovers nicely as this Indian paintbrush flower shows growing out of a crevice in the rock.  It would have been under 5 to 6 feet of the torrent during the flood.  I placed the petrified poo rock as well as the heart rock bullseye beside the flower – both of which I found ‘upstream’.  There were places where I could not get through the arroyos as they were full of clutter.  But, trying to cross the desert surface offers its now perils.  This species of prickly pear wants to impale your toes.  The desert floor is covered with several other species of plants that can easily pierce human flesh and draw blood and screams!  To be continued…

Blanca Peak Sunrise!

Blanca Peak Sunrise!

Mother Nature in Colorado usually reserves ‘cloud paintings’ for sunsets.  However, on this second day of September, she decided to light up the sky on the morning side today!  The beautiful and ominous lenticular clouds usually mean a change in the weather.  Will be heading part way up the trail toward Blanca Peak today but because of the technical nature of the final hike to the summit, will not go all the way.  To be continued after the day’s adventure…