Posts tagged “trail running

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


VHTRC Boyer’s Furnace Fat Ass Forty

A 42 mile run in the Massanuttens with the VHTRC on a lovely late December day with temperatures in the 60’s…ahhh. Life is good.

“Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain tops are within reach.”  -John Muir

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Sunrise in Fort Valley

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Early climb to Woodstock Tower

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Super clear views as far as the eye could see

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Gourmet aid station!

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A lovely stretch of trail with many Massanutten rocks

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Late afternoon views

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The final push through the river trail at Veach Gap


Sunrise in Shenandoah National Park

A beautiful sunrise trail run from Buck Hollow to Mary’s Rock. Spectacular views!

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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!


Bel Monte 50K

Beautiful view from the trail

Beautiful view from the trail

The first creek crossing at the falls.

The first creek crossing at the falls.

Just loved this tree in a sea of green rocks.

Just loved this tree in a sea of green rocks.

Sunrise at the first overlook - made the climb worth every step.

Sunrise at the first overlook – made the climb worth every step.

Lots of rocks to run on.

Rocks. Lots of them. Actually had a lot of fun running on this stretch of trail!


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

 


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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