Wow. Fifty episodes of The Fun Dome.
I just found Leo’s theme song. You can click on the video and listen while you read my drivel.
Shelley Shuttle in effect today. We went to Reeves Road right up the street from the old US Forest Service office in Two Harbors. Now a Search and Rescue sign there. Then she took me up to Castle Danger! You have to say it dramatically and you always have to use an exclamation point when you go to Castle DANGER!
She saw a sign at the beginning of the trail that said there was no bridge over the Encampment River. Uh oh, she says. Furrowed brow. “I’ll be fine, dear.” You be careful, she says. “I was planning on being reckless, but okay.”
It was another ridiculous day. 60F outside and sunny and calm. We found another runner just after we crossed the pretty gorge of Crow Creek. He said it was probably the hottest day we’d get for the rest of the year. I laughed, but then realized he was probably right. Just after we left him, we flushed a woodcock. It came out of the brush, landed about ten feet in front of me and thought to himself, “Wow, that was close I’m glad I got away fr–HOLYCRAPTHEYARERIGHTBEHINDMEAGAIN!,” and flushed again for good.
We slabbed along some big ledges that faced to the north. Why is it the closer I get to home, the ocean of trees make me feel like I’m still to hell and gone? We crossed the Encampment River soon after and didn’t even get my toes wet. Leo naturally took a sample with his entire body. But, I was careful, and that’s the main thing.
Then it was flat cruising and a very mild climb as we followed the Silver Creek, the same one that dumps out by Silver Creek Cliff down by the shore. Neat to see the headwaters of all the streams that flow under Highway 61.
We found the North Shore snow machine trail and followed it out to Highway 2. We had a half mile “roadwalk” to the truck. Leo ate a couple of dog biscuits from Matilda’s Dog Bakery. Then he mowed down his early supper. We drove home into the October sun that was almost too hot. Amazing.
Today’s Data: North Shore Shmo: Leg 37
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T-Shirt of the Day:
I wanted to max out the fitness test. Two years ago, I finally had the running chops to make it happen. I could do the sit-ups, push-ups, and have a small enough waist. But I was a “runner” and I couldn’t max out the run. I finally pulled it off by one second in 2012. Yeah, sure, we went to Afghanistan and stuff that year. Warrior? Small potatoes. Husband and father? Whatever. 100% on the fitness test? My proudest accomplishment. That, and the fact that my reflective belt, the same one, went to war with me four times. They’re probably having a fitness test somewhere right now. With reflective belts on. And PT shorts that sound like you’re trying to start a fire when you run. I can barely contain my pride. Fit to Fight, at last. More on that story here.