James Varner and RD-Sean Meissner
Getting Past by a Weinereimer
The day after the race, we headed out to Smith Rock - only 25 minutes from Sisters. We hiked for about 2 hours and gawked at the incredible scenery and the swollen river. I know Smith Rock as the place where all of our local climbers go in the off-season. Sure enough, the climbers were out in full force. Keith and I did a little mini-scramble of our own, but were cautious - our legs were not our own. Still, the walk was the perfect thing to get our legs moving.
After that, we hopped in the car and headed for Hood River - my first visit to the Columbia River Gorge. I was stoked to be there and the first thing we did was head to Double Mountain for beer and pizza. Aaaaah. Next day, we started our day with 3 hours of walking and running at Eagle Creek in a green, magical forest with lots of water flowing. It was exactly the image I had in my mind of Oregon, all moss, ferns and water falls. We were in our happy place, but both were a wee bit tired. That afternoon, the weather cleared up, so we got on our bikes and went for a tour. I was expecting wet, drizzly grey - but instead we got a gem of an afternoon. The Gorge is Gorgeous.
The Super Model - a beautiful Great Dane
Looking to the heavens, on Eagle Creek
I bought myself a map of the region, because the next day I was planning on a big run - inspired largely by the Gorge Waterfalls 50k course. So many trails, so little time. I was stoked to be heading out for a longer exploration of this incredible place.