|Snow run in the mountains near Winthrop, WA|
To give you some background, William, James, and I ran close to and on the Sun Mountain trails near Winthrop, WA during Thanksgiving weekend. Winthrop received half a foot of snow the week before, and the temperatures stayed low enough that the snow remained. We followed what at times looked like a snow covered trail and at other times looked like a snow covered field or mountain. I'm not sure how the guys knew where the trail was, but I was glad they did! A few times William and James had to stop and figure out where the trail was. At one point James led William and me up a steep mountainside covered in snow, to find the trail a bit farther up. How many more miles do we have left?
It was quite the adventure despite the many new challenges. All in all, the run took us 7 hours to go 21 miles. That's pretty freaking long. Gives you an idea of the unusual conditions!
|I purchased chains for my car before I attempted Steven's Pass with my Matrix. I didn't end up needing them, luckily, even though there was snow on the pass and on the east side of the mountains.|
|James in the foreground, William in the background. The freezing temps made incredible ice art on the grass.|
|It was pretty difficult to get a grip on the trail with the dry snow, I felt like I was moving forward one and a half steps for every two steps.|
|Where is the trail? James stops to assess the mountainside.|
|William and James|
|Bye Winthrop....Headed home into the sunset.|