TALES FROM THE TRAIL (AND SOMETIMES THE ROAD TOO)

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

All Alone in Aliso / Wood Canyons

I went for a solo run in the wilderness this morning.  The air was so heavy with water, one might have said it was raining. CIMG5977 The skies were gray, the marine layer thick. A perfect day for a gloomy run.

Feeling weak both physically and mentally lately (especially after the car accident), I needed this run.  I didn’t feel like making this run, that’s why I did it solo.  I didn’t want to hold anyone back.  It’s time though, time to get back on track

Me at the start of Aliso Canyon Trail (not too cheery)

I chose the loop that took me to the end of Wood Canyon, up Cholla Trail, across the ridge to Top of the World where I met Meadows Trail to take it on down.   Slow to start, and slow to end, I just ran.  And I ran, and I ran and I ran . . .  (and I took a few pictures too).

Running in Aliso Canyon on this Eerie Morn’

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First Creek Crossing on Wood Canyon (no wet feet on this trail)

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2nd Creek Crossing on Wood Canyon

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Everything was beautiful right away today, despite the gloom.  I mostly thought about nothing, occasionally fighting against intruding thoughts.  And then I turned a bend in the trail (past the old corral, before the 3rd creek crossing) and there they were – two deer feeding on the grass.  They didn’t move, one continued grazing, the other trotted across the trail to graze further away.  I’m still astonished when I come upon deer on the trail.

Beauties

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3rd Creek Crossing on Wood Canyon Trail

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Solitude & Beauty (a nice combination)

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4th & Final Creek Crossing on Wood Canyon Trail (standing on pipe, sandbags off to left)

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A Quick look back on Wood Canyon while running up Cholla Trail

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A Foggy Westridge & not a soul around

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Looking down on Laguna Canyon Road, the Pacific Ocean hidden

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Heading down Meadows Trail

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Back in the Canyon

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Miles logged:  11.74

Thoughts:  close to zero

Rewards:  lots

4 comments:

  1. Gloomy pictures! ...except for the deer. Glad you're feeling better. You look like a pro ultrarunner with that pack!

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  2. Beautiful pictures!!! I live in the OC and have yet to run that route...looking forward to trying it soon.

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  3. Great photos I should get to OC more, I've only been there once!

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  4. Thanks Tom! I can't believe those deer practically let me walk right up to them.

    Thanks Rachel and Stuart too. That is a trying route for me. Next time I'll reverse it, which I think is harder, because when I get back down to the canyon there's about 4.5 miles left (compared to 2 miles remaining doing the counter-clockwise route).

    Lots of great places to run in The O.C. : )

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