Posts tagged “sunrise

TWOT 50K++ – Views from a fabulous fall day

We went back out to The Wild Oak Trail this weekend because the trail had been calling my name for two weeks since I ran four loops of her awesomeness.  I just couldn’t stay away. This has quickly become my favorite trail. It’s the perfect mix of challenging climbs, sweet single track, technical descents, pine needle loveliness, spectacular views, did I mention the challenging climbs?, runnable double track and meandering ridges. I have truly fallen in love with the Wild Oak Trail and she did not disappoint this weekend. With temperatures in the lower 20’s, it was a chilly sunrise start but the clear blue sky and endless views made the cold not feel bad at all.  The loop is a little over 27 miles, but when one gets too excited that they have managed to stay on trail through the trickiest part to navigate, they just might miss their turn and get 5 bonus miles of ridge running. Oh well, it gave me a sunrise and a sunset on trail (YAY!) and a bit of a darkness run that was a fabulous way to spend a Saturday. Happy running indeed.

Sunrise while climbing Little Bald. It just doesn't get any better than this.

Sunrise while climbing Little Bald. It just doesn’t get any better than this.

Little Bald

Little Bald

Near the top of Little Bald

Near the top of Little Bald

Blue skies, beautiful mountains

Blue skies, beautiful mountains

The Wild Oak Trail

Just before the climb to Hankey Mountain

Hankey Mountain

Hankey Mountain – how come the pictures don’t look NEARLY as steep as that climb is?!

Hemlock Trail Magic

Although I would have rather been running the Grindstone 100 today, I did enjoy a beautiful sunrise and some gorgeous trail sights at Hemlock Overlook. Thankful for Regional Parks and friends to run with – and fingers crossed that next weekend we will be running Grindstone!


Spiderwebs in the morning dew as far as the eye could see

Spiderwebs in the morning dew as far as the eye can see

Sunrise in Shenandoah National Park

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

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I really love early morning runs (once I’m out the door). I’m lucky to have this little trail less than a mile away. It’s short, but puts a smile on my face in the middle of a road loop. This morning I left the house just as the sun was rising and enjoyed the beauty of the sun filtering through the trees and the light constantly changing. Good way to start the day.