What an adventure! For a couple of city folks like us, running alone in the woods with the mountains in the background is such a treat.
Every year Tyler and I go to Lake Tahoe with my father-in-law for a week of skiing. This has been a tradition for Tyler since he was a kid, and I’ve been lucky enough to join them for the last 6 years. This year Tyler and I decided to take a “rest day” from skiing to explore more of South Lake Tahoe on foot.
Distance: 16 miles
Trail: South Lake Tahoe bike trail from Heavenly Village to Pope Beach
I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but a few highlights in summary:
- Bear tracks!
- Big cat tracks!
- Breaking through fresh snow in the woods (after a few pleasant but uninspiring miles through town)
- Did I mention BEAR tracks?
- Don’t underestimate the altitude. This run felt every bit as hard as our 22 mile run in DC the previous weekend
- Sometimes it’s okay to stop and smell the roses. We don’t usually stop during training runs, but this time we approached it as an adventure more than a workout. We stopped to take pictures, inspect animal tracks, and admire the scenery along the way. We would have missed a lot of cool things if we didn’t take our time and savor the experience
- We live in a beautiful world. If you’re feeling stressed, burned out, sad, or just plain crummy, spend some time in nature. The smells, sounds, and sights will bring you back to life