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A Quick Saturday Adventure

A Quick Saturday Adventure

on Dec 15, 2013

It’s amazing what you can find out in the woods if you just go a few feet off the road.  Saturday, Stalker and I decided to do just that.  We met up and headed off into the Clackamas Wilderness to find some adventure, some cool sights and scope out some potential future explorations.  We had no actual plan but found some really cool stuff just wandering around. Stalker and I had debated for a few days what we were going to do on Saturday.  There was the possibility that he might have to work and I had to be back to town around 2pm so our options were limited.  We eventually decided to just head out into the wilderness and drive around and stop when we found something interesting. Our journey took us out past Estacada to the Clackamas Wilderness.  We had decided on a general area and were both thinking pretty much the same thing.  We didn’t want to commit to a long hike but we wanted to have some fun and do some exploring. We got to Fish Creek Road (this has the trailhead to the Clackamas River Trail) and decided to start by following it to where the old road had been washed out and maybe take a little hike and explore the old road.  Before we got there we had to stop to get our first pictures of the day.  Across Fish Creek there was another stream that ran into it.  Normally, eh, not a big deal but this time the stream was frozen.  We were intrigued. We snapped a few pictures but really needed to get going to more interesting things.  We both wished that we could cross the creek and go exploring up the stream but that wasn’t really in the cards for this day.  We would have to come back at a later time. As we continued down the road we saw a couple more frozen streams and a few things up the hillside more that looked like they might be some sort of waterfall.  I think it was probably just small trickles of water that normally you wouldn’t notice, but once it is frozen it looks pretty spectacular. Soon we came...

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The Ho Ho Run! (freaking cold edition)

The Ho Ho Run! (freaking cold edition)

on Dec 8, 2013

So, back in October, when weather was warm, zombies were running amok and we were all excited about 5k’s we decided to sign up for the Ho Ho 5k.  At the time it seemed like a great idea.  It was in December, it was holiday themed and we would get free hot cider and Ho Ho’s, why wouldn’t we do it. Today we learned about running in the cold.  Typically we are used to temperatures in the 30’s – 40’s being cold but this winter it has been especially brutally cold and this morning the temperature was a whopping 17 degrees fahrenheit.  Suddenly running a 5k seemed like a less great idea. Unfortunately we are a stubborn people and had already paid for the Ho Ho 5k and didn’t want to be seen as weak and namby pamby so we put on as much thermal clothing as we could find and hopped in the car and headed out. It’s interesting when you are preparing for a race that is going to be run in 17 degrees.  You have to calculate how you are going to layer and how much.  You don’t want to wear too little and be cold the whole time but you know once you get moving you are going to warm up.  This is good, because being warm is good… until you sweat, then the sweat cools down and you get chilled and… well that has been known to kill people.  Most people don’t want to dye, especially from something stupid like sweating. I decided to wear my new Pearl Izumi fleece lined thermal tights I got for cycling in the cold and my running shorts, wool socks, my Nike Combat Gear base layer and my Columbia Thermal Shirt and my no name not sure what the material is jacket.  I also added my cycling gloves and my favorite tuque for good measure.  This worked well for me.  I was unpleasantly cold for most of the standing around time and then nice and warm while running but not too warm that I was sweating buckets, and then mildly unpleasantly cold once again I stopped running.  I have decided that at this point being slightly unpleasant is...

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