Monday, March 1, 2010

Weekend Report

The Weather Gods have blessed us with a ridiculously mild January and February. It's been a great winter to get outside and play. Winter is so much easier to enjoy when it's not -20c and snowy. It's really been a pleasure cruise this winter. Of course, it's only March - there will be plenty of time for more winter like weather. In the mean time, I get to enjoy.

I got a clear sunny day for my run on Friday - a leisurely jaunt out the back door and up Sulphur Mountain and back for 2.5 hours. I wan't in a hurry and it walked most of the climb. I've got to run 100k next weekend - so I was totally taking it easy. On Saturday, I did something that I've been trying to do for the past couple years - I skiied out to Citadel Pass. It's 10km from Sunshine, which is a long way when you're on alpine touring gear. It was a grey day, but calm and warm. I never saw anyone else all day and I was out on my skis for about 6 hours non-stop. It was practically tropical and I was in my base layer all day. Aaaaah!

Same place, different month....


Heading for the Citadel and getting closer.....

Closer....



Yeah! Baby - Yeah! Made it.

Same Place. Same Ass.

Forgive me Mom and Dad for a photo of my ass on the Internet, yet again. It's just I find The Moon so darn funny. And the place reminded me of this photo - so here it is....AGAIN!

You can tell it's a grey day when I take a million pictures of....myself. The scenery was still stupendous, it was just....grey. I took this picture on the Gondola, riding back to the car. Don't my little eyes look tired?!?


Nice kitty.

Fortunately, the weather cleared for Sunday and I went back to Minnewanka shoreline to rejoice in the feel of a nice, rolling, perfect trail. I should have had my shorts on, the air was so warm! All of the snow that was on the lake last week was vanishing quickly, but the ice is still 3 feet thick.



I saw this giant wolf print on the way out and I was reminded that it's probably time to dust off the bear spray - especially on this trail. All of this incredible weather is sure to mess with the bears. There's probably some groggy big Mutha' wondering around, confused as all heck. It's pure speculation, but I wouldn't be surprised with these temperatures.

I climbed up to the viewpoint above the campground to get myself a better look. I was totally lollygagging, it was so gorgeous. I headed down to the lake and headed home on the ice, perma-grin cemented on my face. It's still fun. I never get tired of this run!

Looking forward to the weekend at Coyote Two Moon. It's going to be a fun adventure! Doone is coming as well and there's a few trail friends I'm looking forward to seeing again and some I'm looking forward to meeting. It looks like we may be camping in the rain, as well as running in the rain! What's a good running adventure without weather shenanigans?

Shenanigans with Doone, Mount Diablo

13 comments:

HappyTrails said...

Stunning photos as usual - you have great "backyard" trails that go on FOREVER! Good luck at your race - have fun!

Danni said...

I am having FOMO with C2M now :p Great pics and have a blast!!!

Anthony Brantley said...

As always great pictures, good luck at C2M.

AB

Sara said...

Lass, you are the grassroots ambassador for Assiniboine so that any passersby won't feel like tresspassers when surpassing the classic assemblage of passess and crevasses and other assets of this landmass.

Carolyn said...

Great pics again!
Good luck on your run Leslie, looking forward to reading all about it!

T. said...

Leslie! I went to the BANFF Mountain Film Festival last night in Boulder, CO and had a blast. Made me think of you and all your great pics. I want to come visit!! Are you doing the GTTR this year with your hubby?

Golden Trails Dave said...

Have fun at C2M!

lonerunman said...

Have a great time at C2M!! I wish I was going, this is the first one that I will miss. However, I know you will represent us Canuckles with pride, and somehow I think the shenanigans surrounding and during the event will be right up your alley. (show yer ass, I bet you'll win a "prize"!)
And remember, there's bonus minutes for trying the aid station pate :-)

Sunshine Girl said...

Bwaa-HA-HA! Sarah! You So Funny! And amazingly poetic and intelligent...

Thanks all, I'll make sure to have fun and represent Canadia with pride!

Thea - Yup! I think Keith and I are in again for TRR - whoop!

I'm off to see the wizard....

Paige said...

Hilarious! A picture of your ass on "Mt. Ass", hahahahaha! Good luck this weekend at C2M, sounds like a great race, rain and all!!!

CoyoteGirl said...

Ahahahaha! Love the Mt. Ass pic. So funny. Hope to see you when you're down this way sometime. Ohlone 50K maybe?

Stuart said...

So cheeky!

Stuart said...

Oh yeah and at C2M you're about 50 miles from my back yard!