Saturday, December 13, 2014

Winter Wonderland

Griffin and I headed into Pisgah for what we thought would be a normal run Friday, Dec 13 around 8am.  My plan was a loop we call "mini-vistas" and it usual takes me less than an hour.  We headed from Winchester road to Old chesterfield Road and started up Reservoir Road- which is just past where we saw big moose tracks on Tuesday.  I had my gortex sneakers on - no snow shoes yet, but it's getting close to time for them. 

Some branches down on Reservoir


Some of the open/wet areas along the trail


the first "vista" of the loop looking out to Mt Monadnock


Mt Monadnock encased in clouds
Zoomed in a little at Mt Monadnock
 
I wasn't making great time because the footing wasn't great but we were enjoying the pretty morning.  The next section of the loop is turning right on Baker Pond Trail.  I love this section.  At this point a set of footprints appeared from the other way on Reservoir which must have been from Thursday.  We almost added a "quick" out and back to the Pisgah Ridge but I was a little hungry- good thing we didn't.

Some hemlocks were covered in ice and snow over the trail just before the Ridge intersection



Snowshoe Hare tracks; Golden-crowned Kinglets happily chirping in the trees...


Coming up to Baker Pond


Baker Pond
Griffin loves selfies!


We proceeded to Hubbard Hill Trail.  From here it usually takes me 20-25 minutes depending on my state of fitness and motivation.  I was hungry so we were going to try to get a little workout in and get back to start the day.  As soon as we got to the top of the first little climb everything changed.  It was an icy, snowy winter wonderland!  It was beautiful because the sun was shining, but it was also somewhat hazardous because of the numerous trees and branches down and the many still bent over encased in ice!  Pictures of course don't do it justice but I tried...



 

 
 
The trail was hard to follow, there was no running, and the creaking, cracking, and popping was making me a little nervous.  Just before the vista lookout I saw a pileated woodpecker fly across the trail and a few seconds later there was a major crashing of branches from that direction!


from hubbard hill vista


Hubbard Vista...always a buzz with chickadees up here...

 This was going to take longer than I thought but what I didn't realize was how much worse it was still going to get!  I was very glad that someone had hiked through because I used their footsteps as the trees and broken mayhem we had to go around took us way off trail a lot.  Again pictures don't do it justice...







A logged area in which I saw a big moose a few weeks ago...






Biggest tree down...had to go way off trail to get around it...

I was in awe the whole time we walked through the destruction - and glad nothing new fell on us!  Griffin was excited to come across some fresh fox tracks and didn't seemed bothered by the detours.  This section of the loop that usually takes me 20 minutes took us over an hour! We won't be running through here anytime soon - and neither will snowmobilers.   My feet were dry but I was hungry!  I am curious if the sun yesterday helped some of the trees recover and may go up to see later today.  This park never ceases to amaze me!  Get out there!!!


Saturday, January 25, 2014

2014 RACE DATE!

SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

8:45 AM

Race information updated

and new form ready to be printed and mailed in!

Monday, September 30, 2013

FALL IN PISGAH STATE PARK!

It's just too beautiful not to share even though the pictures barely do it justice!
Beaver pond between South woods and Chesterfield Rd

Trees at Baker Pond

Trees from bridge on Fullam Trail

Fullam pond from bridge

Fullam Pond

Fullam pond (sept 30)

Reflections at fullam pond by the dam

More reflections at Fullam

Not upside down- just the reflections in the small pond before the dam

Grif playful at North Round Pond- we could've stayed all day!

First visit ever to North Round Pond...won't be my last!

Friday, September 20, 2013

2013 Races in the books

Hope everyone had a fun Pisgah race!  The weather was great, a little wet in spots, and those damn bees, but I think in general everyone had a fun experience.  We liked cheering on the 50K finishers from our house- hope it helped that last .8 mile! 

I've posted some race reports  (in the side box), but if you know of more or have your own please send me the link or post it in the comments! 

RESULTS:  http://www.coolrunning.com/results/13/nh/Sep15_2013Pi_set1.shtml


My pictures didn't come out so well, but Fred Ross just sent me some and I will post them this weekend. If you have some send them along.


Here's a link from Chris Landon.  He says "I ran Pisgah last weekend for the first time, "short" race. Shot a time lapse on my GoPro camera, which couldn't quite handle the motion & low light in the woods.  The result is sort of a "fog of racing" abstract-style time lapse. 
Here's the link:  https://vimeo.com/74904338