We arrived to a blue sky day and took a super-quick road trip to Lake Tahoe and up to Truckee. Later in the week, I had plans to gather with running friends who live in both of these places, but we thought we would take advantage of the day and enjoy the views under a clear sky. With storms in the forecast, it was a great idea.
Dancin' in Truckee
Drama Queen in Tahoe
We rolled in to Auburn, changed in to our running clothes and set off to find ourselves a trail. Aaaah! Sweet Springtime. It's was glorious to run in our T-shirts, splash through puddles (and deep streams) and smell the growth. There were signs of springtime everywhere and the outdoor world in the American River Valley was coming alive.
No Cliff Poopin'!!
Spring time on Quarry Road
We decided to head up Brown's Bar Trail - on part of the Western States Course and were surprised to find the creeks overflowing and water running down the middle of the trail. Yiiipeee! We splashed our way up the trail, getting wet and dirty and happy and joyous. The creek crossings just kept getting deeper and deeper. We debated turning around, but we were having too much fun.
And then we almost stepped on a newt. Shortly after, we discovered another and another and another. Orange Bellied Newts! Surely a sign of spring. Or a sign that magical things do exist in this world.
The shady trail, cold water and dark ravine made us pretty cold, pretty quick so it was time to abandon our newt friends and return to the "dryer" trail. Keith was practically skipping his way down the trail.
....and so was I.
Hooray for Spring!