Posts tagged “mountains

New Year’s Eve Sunset Trail Run – Shenandoah National Park

On the last day of 2013 I was lucky enough to run a favorite mountain trail, with someone I adore, and chase sunset through the mountains. A climb up Buck Hollow to Mary’s Rock with a breathtaking sunset, a champagne toast and a fun, dark descent back to the car to a delicious picnic of ahi tuna and veggies was a spectacular way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Here’s to a fabulous 2014 full of mountains, trails, miles, friends, laughter, adventure, love, happiness and possibility!

Sunset from Mary's Rock

Sunset from Mary’s Rock


Mountain Masochist Trail Run 50 Miler

It was a fabulous fall day to run 50++ miles with 9,000+ feet of climbing in the mountains – on a very tough course. Tight cut-off times made this a bit of a race against the clock, but I had a few minutes to take some photos and finish in 11:32. It was too gorgeous not to capture some of these great memories in photos. What a fun, fun day on trail. Enjoy!

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as the sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”   – John Muir

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Fabulous fall colors

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The mountains were glowing with autumn colors.

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A beautiful sunrise on the ridge.

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The Lynchburg Reservoir sparkling in the autumn sunlight.

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A patchwork quilt of fall colors.

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“The mountains reserve their choice gifts for those who stand upon their summits.” Sir Francis Younghusband

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The reward at the top of The Loop. Worth it all…


Buck Hollow & the AT – Trails, Friends and Fun

Trail running is my passion. I love the time in the woods, being serenaded by nature and her magnificence, pushing my body as far as it can go, breathing in the joy and beauty of the trails. Over the past five months I have been lucky to find a group of like-minded, fun, funny, talented, inspirational and spirited trail runners to share many miles with. Spending the day on trail with friends was a great way to celebrate my birthday weekend. And seeing a bear just made the day complete! Running on trails is great…running with friends is fabulous.

Life is good.

on top of the world!

on top of the world! (photo by Toni Aurilio)

spring creek

spring creek

mountain sunrise

mountain sunrise

flower on the mountain

flower on the mountain

birthday smile on a beautiful mountain top

birthday smile on a beautiful mountain top – thanks to Toni for the FUN birthday hat!


VHTRC Elizabeth’s Furnace 50K – Massanutten Mountains

A fun day in the mountains with the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club!

And the rocks begin...

And the rocks begin…

One of many stream crossings

One of many stream crossings

Climbing on the ridge - that resembled a stegasaurus' back

Climbing on the ridge – that resembled a stegasaurus’ back

The views from the top are always worth the work it takes to get there.

The views from the top are always worth the work it takes to get there.


Massanutten Mountains

A winter day on trail from Shawl Gap to Signal Knob and back down the Tuscarora Trail. Icy, snowy, rocky fun with lots of climbing and amazing views as a reward.

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The climb from Shawl Gap

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Fort Valley Overlook

 


Grindstone Training Run

Wild Oak Trail

Descent on Dowells Draft

View from Reddish Knob

The bouncy bridge

 

 

 

 


Laurel Highlands Ultra

Here is a slideshow of beautiful trail from the 33rd annual Laurel Highlands Ultra in Pennsylvania. This 70.5 mile trail race was challenging, rocky, gorgeous, technical, rooty, fabulous, ferny, magical, frustrating, rocky, hilly, spectacular, and FUN. I took a few photos on trail – enjoy!

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Capon Valley 50K

Meadow trail

One of many, many, many…creek crossings

The view from the top is always worth the climb to get there.


Massanutten

A lovely trail run on the Massanutten Ridge Trail with @josephlandreth. Beautiful blue sky day with great views of the mountains.


Mountains

To those who have struggled

with them, the mountains reveal beauties

they will not disclose to those who make no effort.

This is the reward the mountains give to effort.

And it is because they have so much to give, and give

it so lavishly to those who wrestle with them, that

those who love the mountains go back to them again

and again.

The mountains reserve their choice gifts for those who stand on their summits.

-Sir Francis Younghusband


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