The skies out here are much clearer today than they were yesterday, but this is only one area and as far as I know there are still fires threatening the course and/or access to aid stations. Went out for a great run on some awesome mountain bike trails near Tahoe City. After some climbing I had some amazing views of Lake Tahoe. The woods out here are gorgeous. Nice to experience a new ecosystem and all of the new plants, trees and critters.
Also nice to run in some altitude. Nothing crazy, but I estimate I was between 7000-8000' during today's run. I can't say it really affected me much, but I wouldn't think that's too surprising for anyone in halfway decent shape. It's just neat to be running up that high.
I've taken a lot of great pictures, but my old school camera needs a cable to talk to my laptop. I'll post them after I get on Sunday night.
As for the rest of today, my brother and I are meeting up with our friend Brooke later and we'll attend a little Western States party going on in Squaw Valley this evening. Tomorrow, another trail run and exploring the area.
Stephen is on his way out for some other adventures in the great state of Cali with his friend Danny. I can't thank these guys and my brother enough for being willing to come out and help me for the run, even though it never happened. We had a very good time all hanging out together yesterday. Stephen was cracking us up the entire time! He is one funny dude. For any members of the Trail Monster gang reading this, be sure to ask him about his mountain crabs when you see him next.
Ran 10.4 miles @ 9:47/mile pace.
Upper 70s to lower 80s, sunny.
Shorts, short sleeved shirt.