♫♪ Rocky Mountain High ♫♪...Ben Lomond!
WOW! Not sure if there are words to describe my experience last week as I did my long run as a trail run to the peak of Ben Lomond. Elevation 10,000 feet! I am not a super experienced trail runner. I don't even own trail running shoes. I have made it to the top of mountains before, but mostly straight hiking or on a four wheeler. Never on a run. So this was an
A M A Z I N G
new experience for me.
Aren't these pictures so spectacular!?
I think this picture is my favorite one of the running part. It was just so utterly GORGEOUS! This may be my all time favorite running shot.
Just stunning views! The view below was incredible! It wasn't an easy climb and I was getting pretty tired and really wanted to get to the top, but I could see the peak and it always seemed So. Far. Away. The trail does a lot of switch-backing and so it just seemed like it took forever to get there. Those first three miles seemed like they were never going to end!
BUT...alas they did!
We made it!
See what I mean?!!!
These jumping shots will be my favorite all time photos of any run!
"Those who would climb to a lofty height must go by steps, not leaps."
--St. Gregory the Great
The leaping is reserved for when you reach the top!
First time at the top of Ben Lomond Peak! What an exhilarating experience!
We decided to head over across the top a little ways in hopes of spotting the mountain goats. We saw some on the side of a rocky ledge on our way up, but they took off and were pretty far away and so we wanted to get a closer view. Unfortunately, we never did, except through some binos. This is a picture Jen got of them last time she went up there. They are soooooooooooo cute!
The Willard Peak "sissy" way... ☺
I REALLY enjoyed this run. It is definitely in my top five runs of all time. Just the feel of being on top of a mountain and knowing you climbed it by foot, is such an amazing feeling! There are just no words to describe it really. It just made me feel so alive and like I had really accomplished something. It's one of those exhilarating things that not many people get to experience (like sky diving), and so it feels very special. I really loved it. I know why John Denver wrote that song Rocky Mountain High now, because that is what I experienced. I got high from the highness of it all! And I'm still feeling the high even a week later!
When we drove off and looked up at how high and far away the peak was, we were in disbelief that we had actually climbed/ran to the top of that! So cool!
I was VERY sore after. It felt a lot like after a marathon and the recovery was slow, but it was so worth it! I hope someday I can become a really good trail runner because I really enjoyed this. Rattlesnake and all!
Nothing like getting high up high in nature!