Saturday, February 18, 2012

Rainy Day City Trip

On a stormy day in Seattle, the ride planned by COGS was canceled, so I was left to my own devices to get a little training in. My go-to playground as of late has been Queen Anne, one of the highest hills in Seattle.

Trip Report: Queen Anne Stair walk
Rain: negligible
Wind: nearly got beaned by Toto!
Total Time: 1.5 hrs
Total Distance: unknown
Total steps climbed: who's counting?
Reward: bar of chocolate (for snarfing) and 2-buck Chuck from TJ's (for cooking)

I took the bus to Aurora and Galer, then up, up, up Galer to the top, then Prospect St around to Kerry Park (where I checked out the location for the video below.  The up, down, up, down some more, then up the west side of Galer to Trader Joe's for goodies, then continued down the stairs to Aurora for the bus home.

If you need some guidance in planning your own city stair adventure, I recommend this site which has mapped walks and lots of information, including downloadable maps.

Friday, February 17, 2012

No Pants Snowshoe!

Granite Lakes Snowshoe 
Saturday, Feb 11

a little bit of blue

Trailhead: Middle Fork Road, just past parking for Mailbox Peak
Distance: 10 miles round trip
on the road-trail
Elevation Gain: 2,400'
Snow Level: approx. 2,000'
High Point: 3,200'

Thompson Lk left, Granite Lks right

what is there to say?
Temperature: 49deg at TH, low 40s at lakes, overcast with some drizzle
Group: 5 women: 3 with snowshoes, 2 without and 2 dogs
Women who took their pants off: 1

a little dog power

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Getting High in Bothell

When winter blahs set in, I call up a friend and we go to the exotic suburb of Bothell to get high. Instead of hiding out behind the bowling alley or litter-strewn woods, competing with the teenagers, we ride our bikes up and down ridges and valleys. The only thing we put into our lungs is pure-ish, clean-ish air and oxygen. But the outcome from climbing all those long, lovely hills on our bicycles is comparable to any high you can get from purchasing some green medicine. How do I know? I don't know and I don't care; the point is to get to the top of the hill, enjoy the scenery and float back down, pumped full of endorphins, bliss and appreciation for my training buddy.

yes, I do have a big head

Then, just as we are feeling low, we come across another hill and it lifts us up and we are high once again, thanks to the hard-working glaciers that carved out this area on the northern end of Lake Washington.

Spring hill-training has begun!