We decided Wildwood is much too popular. Heritage is too boring. Whipple Creek is too short. We have made it our mission to find less frequented locations (for our trail runs) from here on out. Moulton Falls was our pick of the day. Neither of us had ever been there, and it ended up being a total picture-fest on the way back down the hill. [Perfect for me because my right hip was SCREAMING to stop, at that point. I took every chance I got to stop and walk & stretch.]
|Entering the trail.|
|I would loooove to own that house in the background! Can you imagine their view?|
Mile 1 8:45
Mile 2 8:30
The first two miles were a blur. I was in the zone. Nothing was hurting. My legs felt as though they could run that pace forever. It felt as though God had lifted me up by the bra straps & carried me, while my legs went through the motion of running. I know that sounds nuts, but that's what it felt like for someone who never runs that fast. Wow!
|Showing off my "Bad Ass" socks!|
|I told him to pose like he was showering in the water fall. |
See if he ever listens to me again. :)
Once the first two miles are over, you hit the falls. That area isn't very runner friendly. There's a lot of hiking involved. Tree roots and rocks galore. So we hit the porta potty, hiked around, took a bazillion pictures of the scenery. It was gorgeous.
|Wondering how to get across....hmmmm|
|The sun started to shine!|
|This part looked like it would be fun to float through on a tube!|
|Look what I found AFTER taking my pants down in the porta potty!|
|This part would NOT be fun to go through on an inner tube. lol|
|We found the bridge, but it was pivoted AWAY from our side of the river.|
Neither of us had ever seen a bridge that could pivot before. (No crossing for us!)
We assume it's to allow large logs/trees to flow through without damaging the bridge.
|The stairs getting down to the bridge were kind of scary.|
You can't tell by this picture, but each step is slippery with thin layer of moss & also very steep.
|We were *just* below the snowline. We could see it, though!|
|I'm so glad this type of terrain was short lived!|
|Every single rock was slippery with moss. So much for dry shoes.|
|I wish I could have backed up for a better shot of this rock wall. |
The trail was too narrow to do so.
|We found a railroad track out in the middle of nowhere.|
|More water flowing down a rock feature.|
|Of course...it started to rain hard. What would a run in Washington be without rain?|
|Yep, *still* raining...|
During that time spent enjoying the scenery, my hip stiffened. Sigh. That, on top of the last half of the run being downhill, the last half of this run wasn't nearly as fun (or fast) as the first half.
Mile 4 10:01
Mile 5 10:47
Mile 6 (last half mile / hip killing me) 10:49
|The rain stopped just in time to enjoy the last half of our run.|
Lesson learned. The next time we do this trail run, I am NOT stopping to enjoy the view. Well, not for as long, anyway. Next time, I'm out to prove to myself that I can carry out that 8 minute pace from start to finish! :)
If you haven't done so already, please vote for my blog! Click here for details: