My word for the year: Calm
So happy we are in a new year, I try not to wait for reasons to re-start when things are not flowing well but the timing of this new year is right on the money!
I can already tell that I am in for a better year than last, BOTH my amazing girls made the basketball team! We are so super excited about this! They have practice every night which leaves me time to RUN!! Yippee! And my little Winston has been quite the running partner! He has been great to run with.
Closed out 2014 at:
Miles Run: 580
Miles Hiked: 35
As always I hope to run more this year!
So let's see... Survived Christmas. Not in the usual way. We decided to pack up our camper and head just south of Benson Arizona to camp for the holidays at Kartchners Caverns. It was freezing cold, dipped in the teens and snow flurried on Christmas! We had to seek cover in the camper due to high winds, it was quite exciting! The drive out there is long and boring. The campsite was for surely in the desert, dry, windy, flat and thorny! The campsites had a concrete pad, electric and water and thorny bushes. Since this is Kartchners Caverns this camp site has many more amenities than most because it is a tourist attraction. There is a tour of the caverns, a cafe, picnic tables, a gift shop and other stuff within walking distance of the sites. (Nothing included with your camping fee.) Another great feature was the well marked hiking trails.
The first hike was the Foothills loop trail. It is a loop, which I like because there is no back tracking, there was also a turn off that you could hike up to get a better view. The trails are very well marked, and since it is a loop you really can't get lost. Its pretty easy, my girls 12 and 13 and experienced hikers had no issues, It is thorny and rocky and was windy. We layered up and took off jackets and hats as we hiked then put them back on as we descended down. It is about 2.5 miles but add some if you go up the turn off point. We hiked 3.09 miles and it took 1:18.
The next hike we did was the Guindani Trail. Another loop trail. This hike was longer and a little more difficult. Elevation: 4750’ at the park trailhead to over 5620’. The hike starts off pretty easy and you start hiking along the canyon wash. It was shaded and cold! The path becomes small and you have to single file hike. It is a steep climb up, you cross a few small streams, we came across some gates that you open and close and hit some snow and ice along the trail. We hit the summit about 2.70 miles in and ate lunch. It was windy and beautiful, We hit switchbacks on the way down surrounded by lots of straw grass. Make sure you look back, you can still see the openings to the abandoned mine caves (that is posted to stay away from) From our campsite we hiked 5.07 and it took 2:08 hours.
I had hopes of running the 2.5 mile loop, but loose rock and thorny terrain made it not ideal for running.
So that is it! Caught up on my close out of 2014. I am really looking forward to what this new year brings my way! I hope you all have a wonderful, safe, and healthy 2015!