Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer Adventures: part1


The summer has just rolled by, but not without a few excursions.

We've been making the most of our opportunities to enjoy the 3 months of dry weather we get here in southwest Oregon.

My other half has been largely out of town, which has made ultra training..
..challenging. A family camping trip to the Steamboat Creek section of the North Umpqua made a perfect opportunity to combine interests. A little fun for the kids, a little running for mom, and a chance to spend time with us, (and the bugs) , for dad ☺

We camped someplace awesome. But this is not it ^ ☺
(This tent would not hold all my gear, let alone sleep 5.)


Early on Saturday morning, my friends (who like to get up at 4 am) drove up from Roseburg and met me for a run. 
You can't complain about friends who are willing to come to their favorite running trail just to run with you when you are camping!
These girls wear me out.

Just don't call them old ladies. Kristen and Stacie are seasoned masters runners. 
My 50k race plan involves tying a rope to them and holding on tight. 



We were recovering from some tough runs the weekend before, so kept it shortish that day. The Panther segment of the #NUT is pretty and I like it because it only feels uphill going upriver, usually :D


See!? It is downhill! ^  (Photo by Stacie)


An incredible morning, even with smoke in the air from a fire near Diamond lake.


Green 12 months a year...






A few hours spent in my Altras, and I was back to camp by 8:30am to see the kiddos happily eating all my breakfast cookies.

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 The hubby and kids and I did some exploring and hiking on the second day. I really wanted to show them Tokatee Falls, which I had seen on a different run up the NUT.


The hike to the falls is short from the parking lot, but has lots of steps.


This is just before the falls. You can see Tokatee Falls on this earlier post.


Later in the day, we drove to another spot farther upriver, to a segment called Dread and Terror. There were 2 other falls listed on a map within a mile of the trail head, so we thought we'd hike to them.



It was a hot day, and when we found the falls, it was so nice to be able to actually stand in the spray to cool off!



After that, we noticed a little tent village next to the falls, and were curious why so many people were camping a mile from the trail head.

Then we figured it out: Hot springs.

They were right across the river! And the river (though cold) was shallow enough for us to forge. So.. we did. The hot springs were on the map, along with another trail. My hubby and I had purposefully avoided them, but once we saw them we changed our minds. I am glad we did, as they felt great after the run the day before.


These are the lower springs, right on the river. The temp here is about 100f, but the ones above are much warmer!

**Please note, if you visit these springs, clothing is optional.. the lower springs were mostly children and mostly clothed, but the people at the upper springs were fully embracing their "freedom", about 1/2 had any clothing on.. mostly the ladies ;)

After the springs, we had a short hike back and a long drive to get home, where it felt like heaven to sleep in our own beds.

Have you had any summer adventures?
Been doing any trail running?
Ever been to a natural hot spring?




22 comments:

  1. Sadly, my adriventures just meant local triathlons, but did get to run down my favorite stretch (when not summertime) while visiting friends on the Gulf Coast! Hoping to go to CO next yr!!

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    1. Your adriventures are fun to follow! Running in CO is on my bucket list too :)

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  2. What a great trip with stunning scenery! Trails for me, but not a ton so far this year. I've never been in a hot spring. That must be amazing!

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    1. Thanks Marcia!
      Hot springs are nice in a natural, silty, sort of way :D

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  3. Wow, it's really beautiful there! Hot springs sounds great, as I'm not a fan of post-run ice baths!
    Glad to see you are apparently back to form and health. Still on the DL here... 13 weeks now. Sigh.
    Good luck with the rest of training!

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    1. They do feel great! I much prefer them to the ice treatment. But a cold river can feel awesome after a hard run.
      Praying you heal up soon. <3

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  4. Stunning! And your friends are awesome, whoop!

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    1. Yes they are!! And they totally put me to shame on the trails.

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  5. All those photos are amazing, I would love to camp and get out there. Most of my adventure this summer have been pretty low key. Hoping to try and get some hiking in and such in the next months before winter rolls through. When I was out west as a kid, we found some hot springs I don't remember where we were though. We hit Yellowstone and so many other places (and I was young so my memory is foggy!) I want to go back so bad!

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    1. Yellowstone would be a good place to find them! Hope you can make it out again, Laura. A hike is nice too. You see more going slower. :)

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  6. Wow those photos are spectacular. What a great place to vacation and to be able to run! Very nice.

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    1. Thanks so much Robin! I'm blessed to have it to raise kids near.

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  7. Beautiful pictures Raina! Looks like a wonderful trip! :)

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    1. Thanks for the comment! We had so much fun.. unforgettable.

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  8. What a wonderful part of the world you have. It's beautiful. Seems you've had a wonderful break. Looking forward to part 2 :)

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    1. It is fabulous to live here, most of the time! Summer is great :) So is fall... the rainy months I can tolerate :D

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  9. What a wonderful place to spend family fun time! Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing your summer adventure!!

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    1. Thanks Diane!! We've been having so much fun :)

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  10. Ah, these summer moments you will remember on your 9 hour drive home from dropping off the last of your wee-ones at college. Trust me on that one! :) You kids are very blessed to have such a loving family who makes sure they are truly loved by doing the things that touches their hearts.

    Hope you're doing well. Don't fret about the trail running paces....just enjoy being out there in nature and tuck the watch away and don't even look at it. It's all about inner peace and serenity! :)

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    1. Good to read your words- and re-read them Jill. I know that day is coming. This will be the first year all 3 boys are gone all day. It's going to be gone in a zip...
      As far as the race goes.. I just want to survive. Truly.

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  11. Jealous of those beautiful trails. Think we swam in the Umpqua when we visited Joe in '98. The river looked like that anyway!
    Winter adventures you mean ;) No - I've been running indoors on these cold, windy days. Have been to a hot spring, but it was a LONG time ago. I'd settle for a cool lake when we finally get some summer weather.

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    1. Joe sounds like a good tour guide! Your solution to winter, I cannot imagine. :D Enjoy running the Great Wall, or wherever you are off to next ;)

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