Dinosaurs and Dogs
by Sarah Brown
It was a clear and pleasant start, I had a route in mind so crossed the river on the stepping stones and headed out round the pasture and up towards the gate that marks the start of the 'new' trails. dogs were having a blast, they definitely appreciated the clear and cool weather and chased each other up and down the trail. from the gate we dropped down on sweet singletrack [the orange trail, it is well marked now], not tooo twisty, few rocks, thru a few trees and past what is left of the wildflowers. it is a little overgrown in places but I spoke to the warden and he said he plans to cut it back soon. still passable with no problems.
I was surprised how quickly we cam to the junction with the next [white] trail. we had found a few dried out streams with some really slimy water in for the dogs to cool off in, well they wouldn't want clean running water now ! we continued on the white trail, past lots of cactus which is beginning to bloom and should be out for the picnic. I usually ride this trail and it seems much smoother to run it, altho it was noticeably less rocky, even if all the climbs are still there. and there are plenty of those.
the run took about 2 1/2 hours [ok I forgot to take my watch] but a lot of that time was letting the dogs drink/wallow and taking photos, oh and getting lost ! so I would think it will be a 2 hour run when we all go out.
make sure you mark your calendars as it should be a fun day, a bit of running [or hiking and looking at dino prints] playing and swimming in the river and a cookout. see you there June 7th.